There is a danger that the contest for the leadership of Welsh Labour this autumn will once again distract Wales’s governing party in the run-up to the “meaningful vote’ on whatever deal with EU emerges from the negotiations. One can but hope that Labour in Wales does not take its eye off the European ball.
In reaching out to Remainers, Boris Johnson has offered a gnarled and leafless olive branch. And, unsurprisingly, he has certainly not reached out to the ‘left behind’. We shall see whether another five ministerial speeches can do any better.
It is time to put the record straight for the British public and reject the false message that the EU provides the open door to unbridled free movement or that it prevents the UK from deciding its own migration policy and system.
In what conceivable way can this course of action be judged to be in the interests of the country as a whole, let alone in the interests of Wales, and especially its poorer parts?
When we look back in a year or more on the course of the Brexit drama will this last week be seen as the one when the tectonic plates began to move?
Can anything speak louder about the current puerile state of British government thinking than the trumpeted news of its intention, in a fit of induced pre-Brexit nostalgia, to issue new dark blue passports rather than the current burgundy-coloured document that has been issued to us all for the past 30 years?