Why Welsh Labour

Since the first elections to the European Parliament in 1979, Welsh Labour has played a positive role in Europe – and Europe has played a very positive role in Wales.
A vote for Labour is a vote for a strong voice for Wales

Before devolution, it was a UK Labour Government which secured millions of pounds of European funding for West Wales and the South Wales Valleys.

After devolution, Labour-led Welsh Governments have used EU funding to support jobs, investment, infrastructure and training.

Over the last 20 years, Wales has benefited from more than £5bn in EU structural funds. This has led to £10bn of investment in Wales.

EU funding has helped bring new and better jobs to Wales and to give people the skills to do them.

Twenty years ago, Wales had some of the highest levels of worklessness in the UK. Today, unemployment and economic inactivity are at near record lows.

Twenty years ago, there were almost as many people without qualifications as there were university graduates in Wales. Today, nearly 40% of people in Wales have degrees or equivalent and less than 10% have no qualifications.
A vote for Welsh Labour is a vote for your rights.

Labour in the European Parliament has fought for, and secured, fundamental rights and benefits, which include:

Peace and stability across Europe

Joint action to combat climate change

The highest food and animal welfare standards in the world

Protection of natural habitats and species

New workers' rights - paid holiday and maternity and paternity leave - and protection from very long working hours

The right to equal treatment in the workplace regardless of gender, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation

Rights to study, live and work or to retire across the whole of the EU

Consumer rights, including compensation for airline delays, mobile phone roaming rights

A vote for Welsh Labour is a vote for a confident, outward-looking Wales

We are committed to Europe. Whatever the future holds, we will retain a close relationship with the EU and all of its members. The Labour-led Welsh Government has long argued for a Brexit which will reduce the damage leaving could cause to our economy and to Wales.

We set out our key priorities for Brexit in Securing Wales Future:

Continued participation in the Single Market and in a Customs Union

A new migration system, focused on employment and workers' rights

Wales not to lose a penny of funding following Brexit

No claw back of devolved powers to Whitehall

Maintaining current social, environmental and workers' rights and protections

A transition period to avoid a 'cliff edge'

But we've been clear that if this Brexit can't be delivered, there must be another public vote about whether we should leave or remain in the EU.

The Labour Party European election manifesto is available here.

We have developed our ideas further in a series of evidence-based policy papers:
A vote for Welsh Labour is a vote for a new relationship between the UK’s four nations, as we set out in Brexit and Devolution.

A vote for Welsh Labour is a vote for a fair approach to migration, which gives Wales the skills we need but protects workers from exploitation, as we explain in Brexit and Fair Movement of People.

A vote for Welsh Labour is a vote for a well-funded, made in Wales regional development programme, as detailed in Regional Investment after Brexit.

A vote for Welsh Labour is a vote for fair funding for Wales, where promises made in the referendum that Wales would not lose a penny as a result of Brexit are honoured, as set out in Reforming UK funding and fiscal arrangements after Brexit.

A vote for Welsh Labour is a vote for a customs union and participation in the single market, as we explain in Trade Policy: the Issues for Wales.

A vote for Welsh Labour is a vote to protect Welsh universities, as we set out in Wales: Protecting research and innovation after EU exit.
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