New Brexit funding announced as minister speaks up for Wales in Strasbourg

11 Mar 2019 01:42 PM

Ahead of another crucial week in the Commons, Welsh Brexit Minister Jeremy Miles yesterday traveled to Strasbourg to make clear the Welsh Government’s position on the current negotiations and set out the kind of relationship Wales would like once the UK leaves the EU.

It comes as the Welsh Government announced a further £4 million of new funding to help organisations prepare for Brexit.

Later this week, MPs in the Commons will have another opportunity to vote again on whether or not to back the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal, with additional votes on removing the threat of a no deal, and extending Article 50, also possible.

The minister heads to the European Parliament in Strasbourg ahead of tomorrow’s meaningful vote in the Commons to meet MEPs to emphasise the Welsh Government’s distinct position on Brexit and its ambitions for the future UK-EU relationship.

Jeremy Miles yesterday  said:

“There are less than 3 weeks until we are scheduled to leave the European Union and we are no nearer understanding just how that is meant to happen. This uncertainty can go on no longer. The Prime Minister and the UK Parliament must now surely show they have listened to the warnings of the Parliaments of Wales, and Scotland, rule out no deal at any time and request an immediate extension of Article 50”. 

“I am travelling to Strasbourg this week to get a better understanding of the views of colleagues across the EU; to explain our views on how a sustainable majority in the UK Parliament could be found for a form of Brexit that reflects Welsh priorities; and to urge the European Parliament to support our efforts to avert a catastrophic no deal Brexit, despite the way in which the Prime Minister has squandered the goodwill of our partners by seeking to renegotiate the deal she had already agreed.

“I also want to make it clear that Wales values its relationships with our closest neighbours. Our histories have been interwoven for many years, and although all that is about to change, we believe the future of Wales can and must remain closely linked with the future of friends across Europe.”

Before he sets off for Strasbourg, Mr Miles has announced 4 new projects set to benefit from funding from the EU Transition Fund (ETF).

The £50 million fund has been developed in partnership with Welsh businesses, public services and other key organisations, to provide tailored support as the UK prepares to leave the EU. 

The latest 4 projects are: