My position is clear: a UK foreign policy harking back to the days of empire through the aggressive deployment of armed force ignores the realities of a globalised world bounded by international law and human rights, or the damage of successive budget cuts to the military. Furthering a foreign policy based on military power, alluded to through the UK's approach to the Gulf, offers only a dangerous and unsustainable future.
On Wednesday the Chancellor of the Exchequer will make his first Budget Statement. It'll also be the first Budget since Brexit. Pursuing a deliberate economic strategy outside the Single Market and the European customs union will require a complete reconfiguration of Treasury policy.
It is absolutely right that those people who made such promises, including senior government ministers, should be held to account over what they said during the campaign. The choice for Brexiteers in Parliament is either to vote against their own promises, or vote for Plaid Cymru's amendments.
We expect the Labour Welsh Government and the UK Government to vigorously defend the Welsh national interest. We cannot afford to leave the fate of the Welsh economy in the hands of the Prime Minister and her three dawdling Brexiteers.
Although many of them have yet to realise it, busy as they are with the ongoing discussions on public sector pensions, the big issue for trade unions in 2012 will be the implementation of regional pay and the break-up of the national pay bargaining schemes.
While we wait for the long-awaited Welsh Calman-style Commission to begin, there have been two crucial reports in the past fortnight alone about the Welsh economy and our capacity to move forward over the coming years.
20/07/2011 23:06 BST
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