Brexit in Wales Your Priorities in aberystwyth

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 Aberystwyth

Where?

Aberystwyth University Campus

When?

28 November

How did you vote?

Aberystwyth is in Ceredigion, which voted to remain by 54.6%.

"It should be easy for EU students to study here, with minimum costs. Having them here adds massive benefit."
"Free movement of people is especially important."
"One benefit of leaving the EU is that we could scrap the law making GM crops illegal, meaning we could grow more produce here by modifying it, thus avoiding high import fees."
"There is a lack of appreciation of what the European coalition of farmers has done for the farmers in Wales."
"Pillar 2 CAP payments or similar should continue."
"We aren't confident that Westminster will replace the funding streams that currently come from Europe."
"Rural areas are losing out because of low population density."
"We've been an Objective 1 area and nothing has changed."

Top Priorities for Aberystwyth

1. Freedom of movement

2. A new post-Brexit devolution settlement

3. Better distribution of funding from Cardiff to the rest of Wales

4. Higher education research 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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