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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...

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...


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