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MEP for Wales Derek Vaughan writes for the Daily Post

The demand for a vote on the final Brexit deal is growing and it is easy to see why.

The Leave campaign promised we would save money by leaving the EU. They said our economy would grow, and that the EU would simply roll over to our demands for access to markets without any conditions.

According to the Leave campaign we would have 350 million per week more for the NHS. This has not happened and is unlikely to happen. Here is why:

Our net contribution to the EU is around £9 to £10 billion a year—so, about £170 to £190 million a week (not £350 million!). With this we are guaranteed access to the Single Market, the benefits of EU trade deals and a say in how the EU functions.

So, what is Brexit really costing us?

In last year’s autumn budget the government set aside £3 billion to fund Brexit over the next 24 months. Then, another £1.5 billion for 2019/2020.

The new Department for Exiting the EU, which has been established to deal with the Brexit shambles, has been budgeted a £100 million annual running costs well into 2020.

The UK will be shut out of the EU satellite navigation system Galileo and could have to spend as much as £5bn on its own version, according to the chief executive of the UK Space Agency.

And what of the ‘divorce bill’? The Office for Budget Responsibility said the bill will continue to be paid for the next 40 + years. Initially it looks like the bill will be around 40 bn. But that is without considering payments to access markets. So, with 4.5 bn in the budget, around 5bn on a new Galileo and 40 bn divorce costs, we’re down 50 bn already.

And, May already admits UK will pay to access the EU’s nuclear agency Euratom post Brexit. It is likely to be a similar case for European Aviation Safety Agency and others.

With Brexit causing a gigantic fall in the pound, which is likely to dip more as we move towards the official leave date, the cost for the UK becomes higher as we compete with a stronger euro.

It must be noted now that Wales gets back well and truly more than we put in (more than £200m annually) because the EU recognises that many parts of Wales need extra support. That is why the EU has funded Venue Cymru in Llandudno, Parc Eirias Events Centre in Colwyn Bay, Hafod Eryri on the summit of Snowdon and the Bodnant Welsh Food Centre.

We’re just scratching the surface here. I do not have enough space in this column to go into the manufacturers who have threatened to leave due to Brexit (taking away thousands of Welsh jobs), what Brexit driven migration reduction might mean economically, what establishing customs borders will mean for Wales, including Holyhead which simply does not have the space for this type of infrastructure, or the costs of establishing new trade deals, without EU negotiating power.

What is clear is that as Brexit becomes a reality more people are questioning whether they made the right choice. That is why support a people’s vote on the final deal.

Please write to me with your concerns about the costs of Brexit or any other EU issue I can assist with.

Derek

Daily Post Article for July

MEP for Wales Derek Vaughan writes for the Daily PostThe demand for a vote on the final Brexit deal is growing and it is easy to see why. The Leave...

Welsh Labour MEP Derek Vaughan has warned the feared job losses at Airbus will be the first of many in Wales as other big employers prepare for Brexit.

His warning follows an announcement from Airbus COO Tom Williams who said thousands of Welsh jobs are at risk at Airbus and suppliers in North Wales as the company prepares for a hard Brexit or worse, a no-deal Brexit.

Mr Vaughan said: “Airbus have given repeated warnings it would reconsider its presence in the UK due to Brexit and this should be a wakeup call for workers, trade unions and politicians. As Airbus makes clear, there is no good scenario outside the EU.
“Lots of big employers in Wales have voiced concerns including Ford, Tata Steel and Toyota. Also Vauxhall, which employs many Welsh people in is Cheshire plant.
“The Tory government is playing havoc with people’s livelihoods. It’s not just the thousands of jobs at these plants that will go, it’s also all the jobs in the supply chain. Thousands more lorry drivers, hospitality workers, local business owners and services depend on these factories to survive.
“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 our manufacturing bases.
“That’s why I support a public vote on the final deal.”

Airbus job losses will be first of many, says Derek Vaughan

Welsh Labour MEP Derek Vaughan has warned the feared job losses at Airbus will be the first of many in Wales as other big employers prepare for Brexit. His warning...

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...


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