18 April 2017

Make Wales’ voice heard in UK General Election

A chance to think again about importance of EU for Wales

Wales needs to stand up for itself and its interests as the UK heads towards a snap general election.

That is the message from Wales for Europe, a campaigning organisation to support the closest possible continuing relationship with the European Union and to ensure the best future deal for Wales. In what is already dubbed the ‘Brexit election’, Wales for Europe is urging people to think again about the importance of the EU to our interests and circumstances, to make Wales’ views clear and to reject a hard Brexit.

As a cross-party and no political party grassroots body, Wales for Europe is determined that Wales should not be disadvantaged as a result of the negotiations to leave the EU. One way to do that is for people to talk to their local candidates of all political parties to check where they stand on key Brexit issues – and vote accordingly.

Wales for Europe is clear that last year’s referendum was not a vote for a hard Brexit. Whether people voted Remain or Leave, no-one voted to be poorer. People did not vote for fewer jobs, for fewer rights in the workplace, for weaker consumer and environmental protections, or for higher prices.

The people of Wales want a better future for communities, not a worse one. We want a stronger economy and a diverse, skilled workforce. We want to demonstrate that we are still an open, outward-looking and tolerant nation.

Both the local government and UK general elections give the people of Wales a chance to tell our politicians what we expect from them in building that stronger, more prosperous Wales.

“Emerging evidence indicates that Wales stands to lose out as the result of a hard Brexit and that Wales could be hit harder than any other part of the UK. In the light of new information about the impact of Brexit on our economy and environment, our education system, our public services and our security at home and in the world, it is perfectly reasonable to have second thoughts. We urge people to consider all the facts, and to allow themselves to think again,” said Director of Wales for Europe, Helen Birtwhistle.

Wales for Europe is working with increasing numbers of volunteers in groups across Wales. Please join us now. Details of events and meetings are available on www.walesforeurope.org

For further media information, please contact:

Helen Birtwhistle, Director, Wales for Europe

helen.birtwhistle@walesforeurope.org

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