Unite Wales has welcomed Welsh first minister Mark Drakeford’s announcement that the Welsh Assembly will be recalled from its summer recess to discuss the constitutional crisis facing Wales. The move to recall the assembly follows the unprecedented news yesterday that UK prime minister Boris Johnson intends to suspend the UK parliament in order to force through a no-deal Brexit.

Peter Hughes Unite Wales regional secretary said: “This outrageous attempt by Boris Johnson to subvert the UK parliament and force through his no-deal Brexit must be opposed by everyone who believes in democracy. People will not be fooled by the line that this is normal parliamentary procedure; this is a clear attempt to shut down debate and foil any opposition attempts to stop no-deal. These are the actions of a tinpot dictator.

"Unite has consistently argued that a no-deal Brexit would be a disaster for the Welsh economy and in particular our manufacturing sector. The prime minister is hell bent on forcing us out of the EU, regardless of the consequences for working people across Wales and the rest of the UK.

"It is crucial that the Welsh Assembly meets to discuss this constitutional crisis, our country’s voice must be clearly heard. This Tory government cannot be allowed to railroad our nation onto the path of economic ruin. Unite Wales will do everything within its power to oppose this Brexit coup."

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Notes to editors:

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.