NDM7241 Conservative Party Debate - Departure from the European Union
NDM7241 Darren Millar (Clwyd West)
To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:
1. Notes that the people of Wales voted to leave the European Union in the referendum held on the 23 June 2016.
2. Believes that the outcome of referendums should always be implemented.
3. Acknowledges that Wales, along with the rest of the United Kingdom, will leave the European Union at 23.00 on 31 January 2020.
4. Recognises the potential benefits to Wales, of the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union, including:
a) striking new free trade agreements;
b) creating a fairer immigration system which does not discriminate against people on the basis of where they may come from;
c) establishing a new approach to regional investment.
5. Calls upon the Welsh Government to engage positively with the UK Government as the United Kingdom leaves the European Union.
The following amendment has been tabled:
Amendment 1 - Rebecca Evans (Gower)
Delete all and replace with:
1. Notes that the people of Wales voted to leave the European Union in the referendum held on the 23 June 2016 and that Wales, along with the rest of the United Kingdom, will leave the European Union at 23.00 on 31 January 2020.
2. Recognises that there are benefits as well as challenges arising from the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union.
3. Believes that the challenges may include a significant threat to the future of the United Kingdom itself; that therefore significant reform to the constitution is needed to fully embed devolution; and that the negotiation of Free Trade Agreements with the EU and other countries, without the meaningful involvement of the devolved administrations could risk undermining the devolution settlement; and regrets that this was not recognised by the UK Government during the passage of the EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Act in the UK Parliament.
4. Supports the 20-point plan put forward by the Welsh Government in ‘Reforming our Union’ which will ensure that devolution becomes an established part of the constitution once the UK leaves the EU.
5. Calls upon the Welsh Government to continue to engage positively with the UK Government and to speak up for the interests of Wales as the United Kingdom leaves the European Union.
Business type: Debate
Reason considered: Senedd Business;
First published: 04/06/2021
Decision due: 29 Jan 2020 by Plenary - Fifth Senedd
Lead member: Darren Millar MS