Brexit in Wales Your Priorities From Prestatyn

On 23 June 2016, 52% of Welsh voters chose to leave the European Union.

17 of the 22 local authorities in Wales returned a Leave Vote.

Blaenau Gwent had the highest leave vote at 62% and Cardiff had the lowest at 40%.

The Welsh Affairs Committee is a cross-party group of MPs appointed by the House of Commons to scrutinise UK Government policy relating to Wales.

We are inquiring into the implications of the EU Referendum on Wales and have begun by speaking directly to the people of Wales. We hope to get to the heart of your reasons for voting and understand how we should prioritise our focus as we scrutinise the upcoming negotiations.

David TC Davies MP, Chair, Welsh Affairs Committee
"It is key that Wales is on the front foot to benefit from new opportunities that will come from Brexit. We have launched this inquiry, as it is essential that the negotiations to leave the EU are scrutinised from a Welsh perspective, and that Wales’s voice is heard." - David T.C. Davies MP

We asked you to share your priorities and concerns for Wales during the UK Government's Brexit Negotiations...

This is what you told us...

.... in Prestatyn

Where?

Prestatyn Costa Coffee & Scala Cinema

When?

Monday 5 December

How did you vote?

Prestatyn resides in Denbighshire and voted by 54% to Leave - with a turnout of 69.1%

"Wales has not had adequate capital investment."
"Very little to show that EU money has created jobs."
"People in North Wales don't feel engaged with the Welsh Assembly."
"People feel disenfranchised."
"The Business Park in St Asaph is an example of what EU funds could bring to an area. But the funds are very restrictive in terms of what they can be used for."
"EU money has been thrown at problems rather than addressing the underlying issues."
"Funds should be targeted at a local level, rather than being decided in a top down manner. Skills development, business and infrastructure are the main priorities."
"Following Brexit, areas of deprivation should not be treated any differently."
"Access to the single market has to be retained."
"A continued good trading relationship with Ireland is essential, and should be tariff free. A separate customs and border resolution with the Republic of Ireland should be sought."

Prestatyn's Top Priorities

1. Infrastructure and skills funding and training for local people

2. UK-wide farming and forestry policy

3. Strengthen infrastructure and links to North Wales

4. Secure research opportunities and funding.

What happens next?

Following your recommendations, we will examine the impact on Welsh Agriculture after Brexit. Details to be announced shortly.

We also heard from Professor Alan Page, Dundee University, on 20 February, to discuss the repatriation of powers post-Brexit and its impact on the devolution settlement. Watch the session live on Parliament TV.

Acknowledgements

Many thanks to the following for your assistance in organising these events:

  • Ebbw Vale Institute @ebbwvaleEVI
  • Aberystwyth University @AberUni @Prifysgol_Aber
  • Scala Cinema Prestatyn @ScalaCinemaPrestatyn
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