Today the European Parliament passed a resolution in response to Article 50. Here’s my speech that I gave in response.
I represent the people of Wales, a nation in the UK which voted to Leave the EU.
A week ago today the Prime Minister triggered Article 50, formally beginning the UK-EU Brexit negotiation process.
It was a historic day! After legal challenges, lengthy delays and vicious threats, we will be leaving the EU and becoming an independent, self-governing and democratic country once again.
This Parliament is calling for unreasonable demands, some of which are going to be impossible to meet.
The Commission is mooting a £52 billion divorce bill.
Can I just ask this: do you actually want a Brexit deal? The people of Wales and Britain voted to Leave the EU, not Europe.
We still want to be your friends and trading partners, but if you are not going to make us any sensible offers, we will take our business elsewhere.
The EU only represents 15% of the global economy. A new Global Britain is going to see us become a more forward-facing, outward-looking country, freely trading with countries around the world.
We will be working with former friends and close acquaintances.
Brexit gives us the opportunity to showcase Wales to the rest of the world.
Brexit gives us the opportunity to regain our freedom and to put our local communities first.