Brexit in Wales Your Priorities in ebbw vale

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 Ebbw Vale

Where?

Ebbw Vale Institute

When?

14 November 2016

How did you vote?

Ebbw Vale resides in the Blaenau Gwent local authority area - of which 62% voted Leave - the highest proportion in Wales.

"Regional Development Funds brought a lot of work and benefits to the area, after the decline of the steel industry, particularly through infrastructure projects."
"The Welsh Government hasn't spoken to local people about how funding can benefit them."
"The use of EU funds has not been widely promoted. EU Funding has just gone to one place, Ebbw Vale, as a lump sum and not dispersed."
"It's not clear if money saved from leaving the EU will go to the Welsh Government."
"The devolved administrations need a strong voice during the Brexit negotiations, they must have a seat at the table."
"There needs to be less red tape"
"Artists need to be able to move freely within the EU. Not being able to do so will negatively impact the Welsh Arts Scene."
"More funding for apprenticeships."
"Wales needs to stand up for itself, demand more. Scotland is being loud and strong, Wales needs to be too."
"A lot of EU money has been spent in Wales, but spent in the wrong way."

Ebbw Vale's Top Priorities

1. Industry and Skills Strategy for Wales - replacing EU funded work and apprentice programmes

2. Secure Higher Education Funding

3. A Welsh voice as strong as Scotland during the Brexit negotiations

4. Protect Workers' Rights

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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