The Tory Government’s Brexit Shambles rolls on. People across Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney as across the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union in 2016. However, many people who I spoke with during the referendum said that they had been happy to join a Common Market in 1973 but did not like the institution that the EU had become. Whilst the UK will be leaving the EU & the current Customs Union and Single Market, it is essential for jobs and businesses both here and across the country that the UK has access to a bespoke customs union that allows UK firms to trade with our European Neighbours. I have spoken with a number of local businesses who rely heavily on trade with the EU and to ignore this will undoubtedly put local jobs at risk. Labour is pressing the Government to ensure that we are part of a customs union as the only way realistically for the UK to get tariff-free access to the EU which is really important for manufacturing jobs.
The Tory Government’s handling of the Windrush scandal has been a disgrace. The Windrush generation are British, people settled here after the war from other parts of what was the British Empire & later Commonwealth when visas etc. were not required. Now they are being asked to provide papers that many never had and we are seeing the grotesque situation of elderly grandmothers being deported to the Caribbean and treated as criminals. Labour called a vote in Parliament last week to demand the release of all Government papers relating to the scandal. Sadly & tellingly, all Tory & DUP MPs voted against this. So much for openness and transparency!
On Friday 15th June, I along with Dawn Bowden AM will be hosting a Funding Advice Day for all Voluntary organisations across the Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney Constituency. The event will take place at Merthyr Town Football Club from 11am. For further information, please call my office on 01685 383739 and watch out for the posters!