Businesses have been left threatened by uncertainty as the Government refused to give them guarantees post-Brexit. The Government today refused to answer three simple questions on the effect that leaving the EU will have on businesses.
The refusal came after questioning from Labour MP Chris Elmore who led a Westminster Hall debate on the impact of leaving the EU on businesses in Wales.
In the debate, Chris repeatedly asked for clarity on three specific points:
1. Will the government guarantee to replace post-2020 EU funding that has not yet been
underwritten by the Treasury?
2. What steps will be taken to ensure there is not a training shortage in Wales once we have
left the EU?
3. How will the Government involve business in Wales as part of their EU negotiations?
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Wales, Guto Bebb MP, representing the Government, did not provide a full answer for any of the three questions.
In his speech, Chris Elmore MP said:
“Business in Wales need assurances. As a Member of Parliament it is my duty to go back to my constituency and tell my local businesses what they can anticipate from parliament and the government in the near future – but when I speak to them, I cannot give them any assurances because this House has not been given any by the Government. I am not asking today for a running commentary, I am not hoping for a line-by-line strategy, I only ask for a few select assurances so that business in Wales can begin to plan.”
Later in the debate, Shadow Minister Gerald Jones MP challenged the government as to why businesses in Wales are set to lose out after the Secretary of State for Wales Alain Cairns previously refused to promise support for Ford in Bridgend. Despite the Secretaries of State for Northern Ireland and Scotland both pledging that businesses in their respective countries will get the same support as businesses in England like Nissan, Wales is still left in the dark.