Fleet footed Brexit talks

There have been times when Brexit has felt like the elephant in the room during the campaign.

The Conservatives want it to be the central issue but the problem for them is that people have been talking about issues like social care and austerity, which appear to have played into the other parties' hands, particularly Labour.

Some of the reason for the focus on other matters is that we have not learnt anything new about the way Theresa May is planning to approach Brexit.

There is an argument to say that if the party wanted this to be dominated by Brexit then it should have given people more substance to chew over.

One of the big questions is how the next Prime Minister will be able to bring freedom of movement to an end while maintaining tariff-free trade?

Fleet of foot

On Good Morning Wales, the First Minister Carwyn Jones said Jeremy Corbyn could achieve this by turning up and being fleet of foot.

When quizzed whether this would mean he could get everything he wanted, his response was: "Yes I do think that is the way you start."

I caught up with the Conservative Transport Secretary Chris Grayling, out campaigning in Gower, whose main line of attack was to claim that Mr Corbyn had not even mastered the details of his party's own policies, never mind lead the Brexit talks, while the Liberal Democrats responded by saying he should not be trusted in the negotiations when he cannot control his own MPs.

All fairly predictable knock-about stuff but the main question which senior Labour figures would like to linger in the minds of voters is why should we have confidence in Mrs May to go into the negotiations when she does not have confidence in her own ability to enter a leaders' debate?

This is of course the final weekend before we go to the polls, and in many cases, the final opportunity to catch people at home.


The battleground may have been in the leaders' debates and the TV studios for the past fortnight, but it now moves to doorsteps for the final push.

We are entering 'get the vote out' territory. This means activists moving away from trying to win over people who do not usually support them, and concentrating on those whose support is more reliable.

Sorry to spoil your weekend but if you have expressed an interest in voting for a party on the doorstep in recent weeks then look out because you could get another knock over the next few days.

A final thought: turnout could be key. Labour is polling strongly among the 18-24 year olds in Wales. The big problem here is that this is the generation who have a tendency not to bother to vote, as opposed to the older generation who can be relied on to pitch up.

So it may come down to how enthused, engaged and interested people are in what is the fifth opportunity to vote in Wales in little over two years.