Ynys Môn MP Albert Owen is keeping his pledge to respect the EU referendum result and will back the triggering of Article 50.
“It is with a heavy heart I do this, as a Remain supporter I said during and after the campaign that I would respect the result, whichever way it went. We now need to bring everyone together and represent 100% of the people.
“The result in my constituency, Wales and the UK was to leave. As in 1997, the Assembly election the result was respected, however close it was. However, I have pushed for a plan for Brexit and a vote on the formal negotiations. The Government has moved on this, but we need more assurances on our future relationship with the EU.
“I do not know what the Article 50 Bill will look like, it can be amended, but I respect the principal. I will support amendments, moreover, I will look to improve the Bill going forward on major issues such as the single market, tariffs and workers’ rights.
“I agree with the plan as outlined by Welsh Labour and Plaid Cymru for participation in the single market.
“The process will last over 2 years, it began with the referendum result, will move on to Article 50 and then the plan and Repeal Bill. I will fight to get the best deal and only vote if it benefits, not punished people.”