Derek Vaughan MEP

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A report passed by a European Parliament committee yesterday warned continued EU funding is key to the future success of the Northern Ireland peace process.
The report was written by Welsh Labour MEP, Derek Vaughan, on the impact of Cohesion Policy in Northern Ireland. It passed in the Parliament's Regional Development Committee by a huge majority of politicians from almost all political groupings and EU Member States.
Mr Vaughan said: “EU funding in Northern Ireland and the border region is essential, not only economically, but with regards to cross-community relations. That is why my report recommends that PEACE Programme funding and cross border Intereg funds should be maintained post Brexit. It would be unthinkable to let all of the hard work of the past two decades suffer and potentially come undone because of Brexit.

"The Tory Government must also commit to avoiding a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic, which would absolutely contravene the Good Friday Agreement. Sadly, during a recent visit to the region I was told that attitudes in both communities have hardened since the Brexit decision."

EU support is vital to maintain peace in Northern Ireland

A report passed by a European Parliament committee yesterday warned continued EU funding is key to the future success of the Northern Ireland peace process.The report was written by Welsh...

The UK government’s confirmation that British citizens may be hit by roaming and data charges when travelling in the EU after Brexit will mean holidaymakers once more being subjected to rip-off bills for using their phone abroad, Welsh Labour's MEP has warned.

Derek Vaughan MEP said:

“Bit by bit, day by day, the full horror of the looming disaster of a Tory Brexit drips out, and today brings us yet another assault on our consumer rights, with the UK government confirming roaming charges likely to be reintroduced in the event of no deal.

“Labour MEPs have been at the forefront of the drive to cut roaming charges, and it has been the European Parliament that has led to the capping of and ultimately the abolition of roaming costs. And we are currently working on legislation to enable consumers to stream their online subscribed content, like Netflix, while in another EU country, on their laptops and mobile phones, paying the same rate for this service as they would do at home.

“But in leaving the Digital Single Market, far from making peoples’ lives easier as the EU is doing, Theresa May risks driving up holiday bills for Welsh travellers, leaving our citizens poorer and less connected.”

“Labour MEPs have long campaigned for the end of exorbitant roaming charges, and it was great news when they were finally abolished across the EU. But now, thanks to Tory Brexit dogma, people going away on holiday from next April risk paying more to phone home, text their friends, surf the internet and upload pictures.

“If Theresa May and the Tories cannot deliver a deal we face the very real prospect of Welsh holidaymakers, business travellers and students once more being landed with exorbitant bills, and European visitors to the UK being similarly ripped off.

“With roaming costs, we’d send the telecoms companies £350 million a year - let’s let holidaymakers keep that money instead.”

Return of roaming charges will see Welsh holidaymakers hit by rip-off phone bills

The UK government’s confirmation that British citizens may be hit by roaming and data charges when travelling in the EU after Brexit will mean holidaymakers once more being subjected to...

Derek Vaughan MEP has criticised the UK Government’s lack of Brexit planning after three big employers this week said they are concerned about their future and the US proposal to put a 25% tariff on steel.


“This week has been alarming for Welsh workers, to say the least, with big manufacturers warning they may need to stop production or shut up shop.” he said.


“Airbus warned it fears future customs and paperwork delays will make UK plants uncompetitive, Vauxhall says it may need to stop production until the Brexit terms are clear and Ford has warned that any sort of border restrictions or customs friction would be an inhibitor to them continuing to conduct business here.


“These are big employers in Wales. Airbus Broughton employs over 6,500 people, the Ford factory in Bridgend employs close to 2000 and many people travel over to the Vauxhall factory in Cheshire for work.


“To make things even worse, Trump’s threat to impose tariffs of 25% on imports of steel could mean real trouble for Tata Steel which employs 3500 in Neath Port Talbot, 1250 in Llanwern and Newport, 600 in Trostre, 200 in Caerphilly.


“The Leave campaign lied to voters, telling them they could reap the benefits of EU membership without respecting any of the rules and obligations.

“But the reality is becoming clearer as time passes. The pound has collapsed increasing inflation, the UK has gone from being the fastest growing to the slowest growing economy in Europe and we stand to lose jobs at our manufacturing bases.

“This is hard evidence that at the very least we need to remain part of the Customs Union and Single Market.

“Nobody voted to be worse off and politicians need to be honest about what is at stake and what is achievable.”

For more information or to organise an interview with Mr Vaughan contact:
+32 475 749 134.

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