Alec Dauncey, Welsh Liberal Democrat European candidate, has accused Plaid Cymru of being willing to put jobs at risk in order for them to reach their goal of Welsh independence.
In their party conference, Plaid Cymru is attempting to make an appeal to Welsh Liberal Democrat supporters, but Alec Dauncey has said there is a 'world of difference' between the two parties' approaches to Europe.
Alec Dauncey said:
"People won't be fooled by this. After all, Plaid's whole existence is based on separation and isolation. If their dream of independence was realised, Wales would have to reapply for EU membership which would create huge uncertainty around our economic future and threaten our trade links. If Plaid had their way they would put thousands of jobs and billions of pounds of investment at risk.
"While Lib Dem MEPs have been working hard in Europe to promote Welsh jobs and businesses, Plaid has consistently voted against job creating measures. For example, they opposed the EU-US free trade agreementwhich could bring thousands of jobs and an extra £10 billion to the UK economy. There is a world of difference between our two parties' approaches to Europe and it is disingenuous to suggest otherwise.
"The Liberal Democrats are the party of 'in'. Plaid's position on Europe is confused by their desire for Welsh independence. The Conservatives are openly flirting with exit and the Labour Party doesn't have the courage of their convictions and won't lift a finger to keep Britain in the EU. If you are a Plaid voter and recognise the benefits of a more devolved Wales, in Britain, in Europe, and want to send a clear message to the dangerous fringes of UKIP, then you should vote for the Welsh Liberal Democrats."