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Theresa May’s latest surrender to the Brexit hardliners – ruling out any kind of customs union with the EU – will lead to even greater economic damage to Wales, and risks a hardening of the border with Ireland.
Welsh Labour MEP Derek Vaughan said:
“By ruling out any kind of customs union with the EU, the prime minister has swept yet more options off the table, leaving the UK Brexit negotiators with even less to work with as talks resume – and leaving our EU partners even more baffled.
“No to a UK-EU customs union means yes to a UK-Ireland customs border, and all the chaos and pain that would cause, and it also means the economic consequences of leaving the EU will be worse, leading to even more job losses and much lower GDP. With over 70% of Irish cargo currently passing through Wales a hard border would have a huge impact on Welsh ports.
“Theresa May has no mandate for such a reckless approach, either in parliament or in the country. In the referendum, people did not vote to lose their jobs and become worse off.
“That's why I believe there should be a public vote on the final deal."

May's customs union cave-in risks hard border in Ireland and greater economic damage accross Wales

Theresa May’s latest surrender to the Brexit hardliners – ruling out any kind of customs union with the EU – will lead to even greater economic damage to Wales, and...

Labour MEP Derek Vaughan is calling on the UK government to commission and publish economic assessments of how Brexit will impact Wales.

Mr Vaughan said: “The Welsh government has done a huge amount of work on the consequences of Brexit.

“However, the UK government is taking decisions about Brexit without assessing its impact on Wales. We are pushing ministers to put consideration of Welsh people and businesses at the heart of its decisions.

“Following the chaos and confusion of the sectoral impact assessments that weren’t, the Brexit department or, if it is incapable of doing so, the Treasury, must commission analysis on the consequences for each UK region and nation – and publish it. People and businesses throughout Wales have a right to know what government decisions will mean for their jobs, their livelihoods, their futures.

“The bottom line is we need to know what will happen to Wales outside the EU. It is now more than one-and-a-half years since the referendum, and ten months since the triggering of Article 50 – the government cannot allow the chaos, uncertainty and confusion around Brexit to continue. People and businesses in every part of our country need to know that the government is making decisions on the future with them in mind.”

In a letter to Brexit secretary David Davis, Labour MEPs write:

“Government ministers are in the process of taking decisions that will have long lasting and far reaching effects for our country – it is only right that those decisions are taken with an awareness of their likely impact.

“As regionally-elected representatives, we believe that it is imperative that an assessment is made of how the different possible paths open to the UK in the upcoming negotiations will affect families, businesses and communities in the British nations and regions - in particular the impact on jobs and the economy.

“Last year an impression was created that sectoral impact assessments of Brexit had been carried out by the Department for Exiting the EU. Based on reports by those who have seen the papers made available to parliament and subsequent clarifications, it would appear that this work has not been undertaken in sufficient detail. It was also recently revealed that the Treasury is refusing to publish documents relating to how a series of possible Brexit outcomes, including no deal, will impact the economy.

“We are therefore writing to you to request that the government produces a thorough impact assessment of the decisions that will need to be taken on Brexit, and crucially that these studies include an assessment of the impacts of Brexit on each nation and region of the UK. After the fiasco of the inadequate sectoral impact assessments, we insist on the need for full and comprehensive regional impact assessments – our constituents need to know the government is considering the impact of Brexit on their local area, and taking this into account in its negotiations.

“If the government is to be confident that it is taking the right decisions in implementing the outcome of the EU referendum, it must have an awareness of the likely impact of those decisions on all the nations and regions of the UK.

“What work has been undertaken across government on the regional economic impact of Brexit? And when will it be published? To date, we are not aware of any work of this nature having been undertaken by your department or the Treasury. If such work has been completed, we would invite you to share this work with the public to assist with the transparency of decision making. If no such work has been undertaken, we would ask you to commission and publish it as a matter of urgency.”

 

Government MUST consider impact of Brexit on Wales, and do so NOW, warns Labour MEP

Labour MEP Derek Vaughan is calling on the UK government to commission and publish economic assessments of how Brexit will impact Wales. Mr Vaughan said: “The Welsh government has done...

Today the European Parliament voted in favour of progressing Brexit negotiations to phase two.

Welsh MEP Derek Vaughan said he accepts progress made but there is still a lot of work to be done.

"This preliminary deal leaves many details and questions unresolved, for example on how citizens' rights are to be enforced, whether their rights are protected if they move to another member state after the withdrawal date or their ability to work cross-border in the EU.

"It is also unclear how the UK with resolve the issue of a border with Northern Ireland. At present the UK has committed to an open border but also says the UK is leaving the EU's single market and customs union. These two positions appear to be in contradiction. 

" David Davis has again proved himself a liability. Just days after the PM reached a stage one agreement with the EU he very nearly undermined negotiations by claiming that the UK Government may not even stand by the deal. This has not gone down well in the EU and therefore the European Parliament is demanding a quick withdrawal agreement that puts the UK's commitments on a legal basis. 

"It has always been clear that the UK could not maintain all the benefits of EU membership after leaving the EU. Sadly the leave campaign made false promises and lied to voters. That's why I believe that there should be a public vote on the final deal."

 

Brexit negotiations move to phase two, but many questions remain unanswered

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