Generation Brexit

Welsh Worries

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Wales follows a Brexit pattern visible across the UK. As a former coal mining community, the region suffered more than most from the de-industrialisation of the 1970s and 1980s. The rapid dismantlement of the coal industry, which had supported the region for decades was not offset with measures such as fiscal redistribution, re-education, or public investment. In a serviced-based economy, Wales has been unable to compete. The result has been unemployment, brain drain, and meagre growth. These factors coupled with a fear of immigrants underpin Wales’s Brexit vote. But what of the negotiations?

• What are the main Welsh priorities? Should Wales be given more of a voice at the negotiating table?

• How will the powers that be fill the financial hole left by Wales’s withdrawal from EU structural funding programmes?

• Beyond Brexit, how can the Welsh economy be revitalised?

 

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I am from South Wales, and my recent work experience at WCVA showed me the significant impact Brexit may have on the Welsh Third Sector, which currently receives significant funding from the European Social Fund. Of course this money could be replaced by Westminster, but it is obviously a major concern for the Third Sector in Wales that this funding will be lost in the confusion. Nevertheless, I think Brexit could potentially be positive for Wales overall, particularly due to the...

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