Today, Geraint Davies Labour MP for Swansea West, speaking in Parliament said for Swansea ‘getting Brexit done’ would mean lost jobs and income and years of negotiating trade deals from a weakened position outside the EU.
Said Geraint Davies MP, “Slogans like ‘get Brexit done’ are intentionally misleading and divide our communities. Brexit is the start of a painful journey not the end.
“Swansea will set off on the road of uncertainty as the UK takes years to secure new trade deals. Our for businesses won’t know our route or our destination as UK stumbles forward from trade deal to trade deal trying to make up for turning our back on our biggest market the EU.
“We have already seen job losses announced at Ford in Bridgend, Airbus and Tata due to Brexit. More job losses are likely to follow if the UK is outside the Single Market taking years to sort out trade deals elsewhere.
“‘Get Brexit Done’ means endless negotiation to get worse Individual deals, as we are in a weaker position to do so outside the EU.
“People who voted Leave in Swansea voted for more money, more jobs, and more control. The reality is the opposite and we will be left weaker, poorer and more isolated by any form of Brexit. 25,000 jobs in Swansea Bay rely on exports to the European Union and are at risk of being ‘done’ by Brexit.
“Across Wales we will lose £billions of EU structural funding that was previously used for Swansea University’s Bay Campus and other infrastructure we urgently need. The EU was also due to fund £31million for a new computer science hub so our Swansea universities will lose both funding and be cut off from collaborative research across Europe.
“Many leave voters are now saying if ‘getting Brexit done’ means lost jobs, money and influence they’d prefer a final vote on the deal with the chance to stay in the EU.
“Welsh Labour is the only party fighting to give the people the final vote in the Exit Deal whilst the Conservatives want to leave at any cost and the Lib Dem’s want to Remain whatever people think. I have always supported a public vote on the EU Deal and will campaign to Remain. Any Brexit would make UK poorer, weaker, divided and isolated.”