The UK Government is still stuck on the Irish border issue and stuck on how to handle the flow of goods post Brexit. They have been fumbling with these issues for over a year now and still have no feasible solutions, with just 10 months to go.
Myself and 30 other leading politicians in Wales have signed an open letter calling for a public vote on the final Brexit.
Wales was promised a whole host of things by Vote Leave during the 2016 EU referendum. We were promised we wouldn’t be worse off; we were promised that our funding would continue; we were promised £350m a week for the NHS.
It’s clear that these promises will not be kept. This real and tangible Brexit economic drag is impacting business growth, productivity, and people's futures.
Voters were lied to by the Leave campaign. They now deserve a vote on the final deal.
You can see the text of the letter in full here: https://walesforeurope.org/31-05-2018/
Meanwhile, in the European Parliament
Posted workers - This week Labour MEPs backed the recent agreement on posted workers (employees sent by their employer to carry out a service in another EU country on a temporary basis). The new measures, which we have long been pushing for, include posted workers receiving the same pay as local workers from day one of their posting; the same allowances; and temporary work agencies guaranteeing posted workers the same terms and conditions as temporary workers hired locally. This agreement protects workers posted to another EU member state and stops employers undercutting wages.
Zero-hour contracts - Labour MEPs have supported calls for the Commission and national governments to take action against precarious employment such as zero-hours contracts and to work with trade unions to promote secure, well-paid employment. After Brexit Wales will lose EU workers’ rights protections and will have to rely on the Tory Government to introduce workers’ rights legislation.
EU-US trade relations – The US has implemented a 25% tariff on steel. The EU has already warned it will implement ‘counter balancing measures’ if it needs to. The President of the Commission, Mr Junker, has said publicly that without an exemption the EU is left with no choice but to proceed with a World Trade Organisation dispute settlement case and the imposition of additional duties on a number of US imports. He says the EU will defend the EU’s interests, in full compliance with international trade law. If the UK, outside the EU, has to fight against these duties, we will have substantially less bargaining power.
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