Firstly, before I start my main column, I hope that everyone has had a wonderful Christmas and I hope you all enjoy the New Year’s festivities.
With 2016 coming to an end, a year which has had some iconic moments, to say the least. The seemingly endless number of celebrity deaths, the Welsh Assembly Election and the Referendum which saw the UK vote to leave the EU. All news stories, all have implications on our lives and all will be what 2016 is remembered for one way or another.
2017 has many challenges, the main one that springs to mind is that of what a Brexit Britain looks like. I actually led a Westminster Hall debate on the impact of leaving the EU on businesses in Wales. I was disappointed that the Government refused to answer on whether the government would guarantee to replace EU funding that has not yet been underwritten by the Treasury. Nore did I get an answer on what steps will be taken to ensure there is not a training shortage in Wales once we’ve left.
These are guarantees businesses need to plan for the future and I hope the Government becomes more transparent about it. I’m not expecting a blow by blow account to the Brexit negotiations, however, I do expect transparency on something so important.
Over the Christmas period, my office will be closed. Messages will be checked throughout and we will return on the 3rd of January. Any issues call 01656 860034. Happy New Year.