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Plaid Cymru MP Jonathan Edwards who tried to block Brexit arrested on suspicion of assault

Mr Edwards was arrested on Wednesday 20 May. Dyfed-Powys Police said a 44-year-old man from Ammanford had been arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of assault. He has been released on bail and the investigation is ongoing. Mr Edwards has represented Carmarthen East and Dinefwr since 2010. He is a well-known remainer and often decried Brexit as being disastrous for Wales.

Welsh nationalist party Plaid Cymru confirmed it had withdrawn the whip from Mr Edwards.

For an MP to loose the whip means they have been suspended from the parliamentary party temporarily.

They then must sit as an independent until the whip is restored.

A Plaid Cymru statement said: “The party whip has been withdrawn pending the conclusion of a police investigation.

“Mr Edwards has accepted this course of action and is complying fully with the police enquiries.

“It would be inappropriate for the party to comment further at this time.”

The Welsh politician joined a series of anti-Brexit marches held across Wales.

Calling for Welsh independence, he said: “We can finish the job started by devolution.”

He added: “Brexit will do for independence what Thatcherism did for devolution”. Jonathan Edwards told his party’s conference in Swansea in 2019 that the vote to leave the EU has driven a “sledgehammer through the post-devolution period”.

The Welsh politician also said rural communities would face extinction because of Brexit.

Mr Edwards MP said: “In a no deal scenario demand for lamb on the continent is likely to disappear”.

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