Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney MP, Gerald Jones, recently hosted a roundtable discussion meeting with a number of local businesses, to give them the opportunity to raise their concerns and any questions they had regarding the UK’s departure from the European Union.
The issues raised included lack of future trade opportunities, lack of clarity over future funding for colleges and student opportunities, regulatory framework post Brexit, watering down of current regulations and the damage that uncertainty is doing to business.
Also in attendance was Labour’s Shadow Minister for Exiting the European Union, Jenny Chapman MP, who provided a detailed update on the current state of negotiations and how, if in Government, Labour would be fighting for a Brexit deal that protects jobs, the economy and rights.
Speaking after the meeting, Gerald Jones MP said:
“I’m delighted my colleague, Jenny Chapman, was able to come down to Merthyr Tydfil to attend this meeting. There are so many local businesses based in Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney who rely on free trade with other European Union countries and I wanted to hear first-hand what their concerns are, so I can raise the issues in Parliament.
“Leaving the European Union represents a seismic shift in the way many businesses will have to operate. With so much uncertainty about what deal the UK will have, if any, it’s vitally important businesses are kept informed on Brexit developments. This meeting helped to strengthen links with local businesses who I will continue to work with as more details emerge of what the UK’s future relationship with the EU will be.”