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Welsh Labour MEP, Derek Vaughan, and Ynys Mon MP Albert Owen have said that the threat of Brexit to Welsh jobs is real following an article published today by Hitachi Chairman, Hiroaki Nakanishi. Warning that the UK leaving the EU would have a “big effect on jobs”, he pointed out that at the moment the UK was “the best base for accessing the whole European market of 500m people”  but that if the UK left the European Union “the future investment case looks very different.”

 

Mr Nakanishi also laid out concerns that those advocating leaving “have no answer to how the UK could negotiate cost-free access to this huge market from a position outside it” and in the case of Hitachi, “we still have a European vision, and would be disadvantaged in pursuing it from the UK.”

 

Ynys Môn MP Albert Owen said

 

“The remarks by the Hitachi chairman are evidence of the negative impact Brexit would have on jobs, industry and communities across Wales and the UK.

 

Wylfa Newydd is the biggest proposed investment in Wales and will boost the local and national economy in terms of quality direct and indirect jobs, in the planning, construction and operation of Wylfa Newydd.

 

Hitachi moved its European HQ to the UK and made important investment decisions because we are currently an integral part of the single market and the UK has unrestricted access to that single market.

 

We have the potential to be world leaders in energy and transport because global companies such as Hitachi are willing to invest. Let’s not put that future investment at risk, and on June 23rd we can send a vote of confidence for future generations by voting Remain in the EU Referendum.”

 

Derek Vaughan MEP commented: “People have been asking for the facts. This is a boss of a major international company saying that they will slash investment in the UK if we leave the European Union. Welsh jobs will be on the line if we leave the European Union, this isn’t political scaremongering,

 

“It’s another unbiased, impartial business being honest about what the consequences would be for their company and by extension the Welsh economy. The leave crowd haven’t got a real answer to them beyond just asserting that everything will be alright on the night. They keep telling us the rest of the world will treat us better if we leave, well this is the world saying it’s a terrible idea.”

 

“Hitachi, who are investing in Wylfa Power Station in Anglesey and are bringing much needed employment to the area, have now joined a long line of companies with a big presence in Wales including General Electrics in the Valleys, Ford in Bridgend and Airbus in Broughton that have all said Brexit would be bad for the Welsh economy.  Even the only major economist supporting Vote Leave Patrick Minford has admitted that if we left the EU manufacturing would be “eliminated” in Wales.”

 

“Mr Nakanishi was absolutely right to point out that those advocating leave have no idea what comes after Brexit.  They don’t have a plan for the Welsh economy beyond empty slogans. If they did Hitachi and other businesses wouldn’t keep calling them out on it. Brexit is not a plan, it would be a suicide note for our steelmaking, automotive and other key industries.”

 

“190,000 jobs in Wales are connected to the Single Market.  The Leave campaign have no plan to protect Welsh jobs, no map to deliver growth and new jobs in the Welsh economy and no real idea about how to deliver on the promises they’ve made. Mr Nakanishi is right to say “… jobs will be lost. This is the cold economic reality”, I would urge people to  really look at whether Vote Leave have a plan for a post-Brexit economy that would justify ignoring the concerns of Welsh manufacturing or whether they are just playing Russian roulette with Welsh jobs and livelihoods.

Hitachi intervention proves Welsh jobs are on the line

Welsh Labour MEP, Derek Vaughan, and Ynys Mon MP Albert Owen have said that the threat of Brexit to Welsh jobs is real following an article published today by Hitachi...

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Welsh MEP Derek Vaughan today visited the EU funded Chwarae Teg’s Agile Nation 2 project in Cardiff which has received £8 million from the EU to support Welsh women’s career development as well as £2 million from the Welsh Government.

The project provides accredited training programs for women and works with businesses and organisations to develop and improve working practices, to ensure equality in the workplace.

Mr Vaughan said he was pleased to see European funding backing this worthwhile cause.

“If we look across workplaces in Wales, we can see that women are likely to be paid 20% less than men who are doing similar work. In addition, only 7% of women are in management positions compared to 11% of men.

“This project will help build the careers of 2,207 women and help 500 businesses over the next three years. The need for this is very real and it was great to speak to people who have directly benefitted from this support.

"The EU has been instrumental in legislating to protect women’s rights including in terms of maternity leave, pension provision and protection from violence and exploitation. If the UK left the EU these rights would be at risk.

Trish Chalk, the lead for the Agile Nation 2 project was clear about the importance of the project.  

“ We were very pleased to welcome Derek Vaughan to our office today to meet participants on the Agile Nation 2 project. The first Agile Nation project helped nearly 3000 women and over 500 businesses, and we’re delighted to be continuing this work, to build a Wales where women achieve and prosper”

Chwarae Teg - How the EU is helping women in Wales achieve their full potential

Welsh MEP Derek Vaughan today visited the EU funded Chwarae Teg’s Agile Nation 2 project in Cardiff which has received £8 million from the EU to support Welsh women’s career...

 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...


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