North Wales – along with Cheshire in England – is exposed to high risk from a bad Brexit deal with jobs in farming, aerospace and car manufacturing under direct threat from the mess the Government have made of the Brexit negotiations.
These are amongst the findings of a new report into the regional impact of Brexit being highlighted by Clwyd South MP Susan Elan Jones.
The report – An Equal Exit? – has been published by the influential Institute for Public Policy Research (https://www.ippr.org/research/publications/an-equal-exit). It examines how Brexit could hit wages and exports to the EU.
The report points out that regional economies outside London could be particular hard hit. Wales and Cheshire are exposed to very high levels of risk:
- 86% of Cheshire’s food and live animals exports are to the EU (4th highest in UK)
- 86% of West Wales and the Valleys food and live animals exports are to the EU (5th in UK)
- 77% of East Wales’s material manufactures are to the EU (2nd highest in UK)
- 69% of Cheshire’s material manufactures are to the EU (5th in UK)
- 84% of East Wales’s machinery and transport equipment exports are to the EU (highest in the UK)
Commenting, Susan Elan Jones MP, said:
“With agriculture at the centre of rural life and with important manufacturing plants in North Wales and across the English border, North Wales along with Cheshire and the Wirral is exposed to hyper-risk from a botched Brexit.
“The Brexit negotiations are now in a total mess and the best we can hope for is a bad Brexit that delivers nothing that was promised in 2016. The worst outcome – a ‘no deal’ Brexit could be much, much worse.
“Nobody voted for such an outcome and that is why so many people are joining the demand for a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal.”