Geraint Davies, the Labour MP for Swansea West, joined up with Wales’ first minister Mark Drakeford to ask the government to give the Welsh Assembly more time to establish what the latest deal means for Wales.
Said Mr Davies, “it’s no use repeating ‘Get Brexit done’ and rushing forward with a one-week-old deal without looking at what this means for Wales. Johnson’s deal will shrink our economy by 7% which means in Swansea someone on £15,000 will be £1,000 a year and the average worker will lose £130 of their monthly pay packet.
“Swansea families have been hit by higher food prices since the vote in 2016 and companies like Ford in Bridgend are saying they’re shutting down. We need to work out what this latest deal does to our city.
“The government must give the Welsh Assembly more time to scrutinise the bill before they can give legislative consent. Leaving the customs union and single market will mean tariff increases hit the Welsh economy hard. Wales has a large manufacturing and agricultural base and 60% of our exports go to the EU.
“People in Swansea are telling me that they want the best for their families and to make sure they have jobs and can keep putting food on the table. That’s why the Welsh government and I support a Public Vote on the deal which would give people in Wales the final say.
“We all want to get Brexit over with one way or another and most people in Swansea West want to stay for good and remain strong in the EU.”