Derek Vaughan MEP

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Today Barack Obama joined the very long list of world leaders and international experts who say the UK, Europe and the world are better and safer with Britain inside the European Union. Mr Obama said that being in the EU makes Britain “even Greater” and “magnifies British strength”.

 

Derek Vaughan, Labour MEP for Wales said;

 

"When Barack Obama talks about the EU making Britain more influential and a great asset in tackling multinational challenges, including terrorism, he is speaking with almost eight years’ experience of being President of the most powerful nation in the world. I absolutely welcome his comments, if anyone knows about power and influence in the modern world, it’s him. No one in the Out Campaign has been at that top table. At least not for two decades.”

 

Mr Vaughan also said that our close friendship made Obama’s point important; “Americans fought and died for peace in Europe in the two World Wars and are one of our closest allies. Obama is showing the value of that friendship by being honest about his view that we can’t afford to presume that peace and prosperity will take care of themselves. Most crucially, he was speaking with “the candour of a friend”.

 

"The OUT Campaign has tried to argue that being in the EU somehow impedes our relationship with the US. Obama has made it clear this is utter nonsense. Looking at the trade figures for February we exported £3.7 billion to the US, and this was helped through EU-US co-operation such as the Transatlantic Economic Council and the Open Skies agreement between the EU and the US, we don’t need to leave the EU to trade excellently with the US, we already are doing so. The OUT campaign are trying to sell us something we already have. Obama’s intervention along with our ongoing military and intelligence co-operation shows that not only can we have both EU membership and this special relationship but that at the moment that’s exactly what we do have. Diplomatically and economically it’s the best of both worlds.”

 

 “You just need to look at the people who’ve said we’re better off IN, General Petraeus, one of the key US Generals in Afghanistan said that leaving 'would only make our world even more dangerous and difficult to manage'.” Our European allies, the Prime Minister of New Zealand and the G8 have all made it clear that they think the UK leaving the EU would be bad for our economy, and by extension bad for their economies. As long ago as 2013 the Japanese Government made clear that the UK leaving the EU would make it less attractive for Japanese investment. In comparison to that you could fit the world leaders in favour of leaving in a Mini, and none of them are our friends. This disparity and the OUT campaign's shrill reaction to Obama’s comments, shows that the OUT Campaign are out of their depth and playing Russian roulette with our future.”

Welsh Labour MEP welcomes Obama backing

Today Barack Obama joined the very long list of world leaders and international experts who say the UK, Europe and the world are better and safer with Britain inside the...

Following the confirmation today by Vote Leave that they would like to see the UK out of the European Health Insurance Card scheme DEREK VAUGHAN MEP for Wales said that the proposed change would be a “worry” for Welsh tourists and punish those who fall ill abroad. 

 

The Chair of Vote Leave has said that money spent by the NHS reimbursing other EU countries who give UK nationals free healthcare “could have been much better spent.” This shows that the Out campaign see the UK leaving the European Health Insurance Card scheme which these payments underwrite if we left the EU. Mr Vaughan has slammed this move for punishing and worrying Welsh tourists taken ill abroad.

“Thanks to our membership of the European Health Insurance Card scheme Welsh tourists can have access to state healthcare at a reduced cost or even free across a whole continent. This means that when Welsh tourists have an accident or fall ill in Europe they know that they will be looked after and not have the prospect of worrying about huge insurance costs hanging over them. Being in hospital abroad is frightening enough without having to worry about where the money is coming from, it seems perverse that the Out campaign are willing to force that worry on Welsh tourists. Since the days of Nye Bevan we’ve recognised in this country that falling ill isn’t your own fault, but it seems that the Out campaign are happy to punish those who fall ill abroad with putative charges to fulfil their desire to leave the EU. They’re pulling the safety net out from under every Welsh tourist in Europe”

Mr Vaughan went on to note that - “Given that UK citizens cost far more to other EU countries through this scheme than EU citizens cost the UK the idea that this will help the UK taxpayer is ludicrous. When we have a position where Spain is paying 30 x more to treat UK citizens than we pay for Spanish citizens and Vote Leave still think we get a bad deal, it just highlights how the Out campaign want us to cut off our own nose to spite our face. Top doctors from across the UK have already said that “Brexit should carry a health warning” – it seems like a lot of the Out Campaigns claims on health are already on life support.”

Vote Leave Punishing Welsh Tourists

Following the confirmation today by Vote Leave that they would like to see the UK out of the European Health Insurance Card scheme DEREK VAUGHAN MEP for Wales said that...

A recent survey published this week by the CBI which confirmed that 80% of its members want to stay in the EU is further proof that EU membership is good for Welsh businesses, employment and economic growth according to Welsh Labour MEP, DEREK VAUGHAN.

The vast majority of firms taking part in the poll by the UK’s biggest business lobbying group believe that remaining in the EU is in the best interests of wider economy with only 5% supporting withdrawal.

DEREK VAUGHAN MEP said:

“Over 190,000 jobs in Wales are linked to our trade with the EU which is the biggest single market in the world, allowing Welsh businesses direct access to 500 million potential customers.

“EU investment in research and development is also helping to drive forward the jobs of the future and supporting vital collaborative technological breakthroughs with our universities and world-leading businesses here in Wales.

“A vote to leave would put all of that at risk and the CBI survey send an unambiguous message – being in the EU is better for business, jobs and the long-term prosperity of the UK and it is in our interests to remain a part of that.”

Details of the CBI Survey can be found here.

Business survey underlines need for Wales to remain in EU

A recent survey published this week by the CBI which confirmed that 80% of its members want to stay in the EU is further proof that EU membership is good...


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