Westminster Matters - February 2019

Westminster Matters - February 2019

Anglesey First ‘ Backstop and No Deal and Tolerence

At these difficult of times it is important to focus on local communities and their most important assets-local people. I started the week at the REHAU plant in Amlwch when the company explained its reason for its proposed closure. I was joined by representative of the local authority, Welsh government and the UK government and we all offered help and support to the Company and local workforce to retain operations on the Island.

I will continue to work with others, the local workforce, local community, and in a nonpartisan way with the Plaid Cymru led County Council, a Labour Welsh Government and Tory led UK government and put Anglesey First. I have called for a fresh coherent local economic plan that compliments the North Wales regional deal and the UK industrial strategy and puts Anglesey at the centre.

Decisions to move production from Wales and the UK to Germany and Spain is worrying and sadly becoming a trend, this has increased in the last two years and while REHAU say it’s a production and market decision the uncertainty of Brexit is real.

The shambolic handling of the Brexit talks by the UK government has led to greater uncertainty including leaving the no deal option, favoured by the DUP and hard line Tories, who control the May government and are concentrating on the Irish back stop.

I have received hundreds of correspondence and met many people expressing their strong diverse views but an overwhelming number reject Mrs May’s deal and a no deal situation. Parliament reflected this by voting to take no deal with the EU off the table. I hope the Prime Minister listens and puts the country interest ahead of the Tory/ DUP pact.

Brexit continues to divide communities across Wales and the UK. We do need to be more tolerant of each other and have mutual respect. I have listened to all the views and evidence and vote according to what is best for Anglesey, its people and our country’s future. In doing so I will take strong criticism from some, but to make these difficult decisions was in the mandate I received in the 2017 General Election.

I finished the week meetings workers facing redundancy at Wylfa Newydd, held advice surgeries helping people on a wide range of issues. To chill I’ll watch the six nations rugby and walk the coastal path.

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