An Independent UK - What that means for wales

David Elston's picture

Wales has a very difficult time ahead. Naturally all EU funding possibilities for St Athan I have since abandoned or put on hold until new funding opportunities present themselves. Wales used to get more money out of the EU than it put in, even when you completely discount trade, as Wales is counted as either the first or second poorest area in the UK, depending on which measure is used, sometimes second to Cornwall.

The Welsh Government will have to negotiate hard over the formula with central government to ensure Wales continues to make this net gain in terms of payment; replacing the EU with England.

Many of our civil liberties and rights were inherited from the EU and we'll need strong Unions and people ready to fight to protect these when Parliament divorces from the EU. There is no guarantee these will be retained, even the EU laws which are enshrined in our own laws will be subject to review.

 

We were more united before the referendum, that much is clear. One of the biggest reason's Scotland remained in the UK after their last referendum was due to the UK having access  to the EU market and strong membership within the EU. Without that Scotland is considering another referendum which has a very real chance of resulting in a majority for Scottish Independence with EU membership.

Gibraltar overwhelming voted in favour of staying in the EU. Many in Gibraltar said they would form some kind of Union with Spain in order to remain members of the EU and break away from the UK.

There is also a growing campaign for London Independence, which may seek to operate in the same capacity Luxembourg does, again with EU membership and not a part of the UK. Currently the campaign has 172,910 supporters.

It is no secret that I was a Remain voter but as I said then, the referendum was not nearly as important as the public being divided and not working with one another. Both outcomes require cohesion. From a Remain perspective, I saw value in those who were informed Leave voters as those knowing exactly what aspects of the EU needed reform. I hope the Leave campaign can united the discontent Remain voters with a similar strategy.

With no governing party having an exit strategy, I will be writing to our local representatives, regardless of their political party to urge them to ensure those I represent do not see a shrinking of funding and services and I will highlight a number of laws we have taken from the EU that will continue to be beneficial to us.