Assembly REMOANERS Urge Welsh Government To Push For Single Market Access Post-Brexit
A group of Welsh Assembly Members have urged the Welsh Government to push for the UK to be given Single Market access and Customs Union ‘participation’ after Britain withdraws from the European Union.
The External Affairs Committee released a report arguing that Wales must not lose its “proud tradition as an outward-looking nation” after leaving the EU.
The report calls upon the Labour-led Welsh Government to push for “preferential access” to the Single Market and ‘participation’ in a Customs Union and the proposals were agreed to by the Welsh Government.
The report, Wales’ future relationship with Europe: a view from Wales, says: “Brexit should not signal a move away from Wales’ proud tradition as an outward-looking, internationally engaged nation and Wales’ relationship with Europe will continue to be important after the UK leaves the EU.”
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David Rees, chairman of the External Affairs Committee, said: “We are clear that whilst Wales is leaving the EU as the UK does, it is not leaving Europe.
“The last 45 years of cooperation and integration cannot be lightly discarded, whatever the eventual outcome of Brexit negotiations may be.”
Speaking about the Brexit deal, the committee said: “The UK government should be under no illusion as to the views expressed to us about the potential adverse economic consequences for Wales of not securing market access free from both tariff and non-tariff barriers.
“We recommend that the Welsh Government negotiates with the UK government to ensure that preferential market access, free from both tariff and non-tariff barriers, is prioritised in the forthcoming negotiations on the UK’s future relationship between the UK and the EU.”
In response, a Welsh government spokesman said: “We always have and will continue to press the UK government on the need for continued full and unfettered access to the single market and participation in a customs union.
“We will consider the committee’s report and provide a formal response in due course.”