Brussels Brexit Visit for Vale of Clwyd MP
Vale of Clwyd MP, Dr James Davies has met Alison Rose, British Ambassador to Belgium and Christine Defraigne, Chairman of the Belgian Senate during a House of Commons Welsh Affairs Select Committee visit to Brussels to discuss Brexit negotiations.
The Welsh Affairs Committee is conducting an Inquiry entitled: Devolution – Lessons for Wales and the Implications for Wales of the EU referendum result and the visit was designed to inform that investigation. The Committee met influential MEPs and visited the UKRep and Welsh Government Offices in Brussels to discuss UK and Welsh representation in Europe. Members also met with a delegation from the Flemish Parliament to discuss the Belgian devolution structure, with a particular focus on inter-governmental relations and fiscal devolution.
Commenting James said,
“In June, I voted ‘Leave’ as did Denbighshire, North Wales and the United Kingdom and we now await the triggering of Article 50. During the visit, I stressed the reasons why we are leaving the EU, the positive role to be played by Britain in the world, and future trading links after Brexit. The issue of support for farmers was a key element of the discussions and what we learnt will be useful for talks back in the UK as we prepare for Brexit. The Welsh Affairs inquiry is on-going and written submissions can be made on the Parliament web site”.
The Committee hopes to explore the impact of leaving the EU on areas benefitting from grants such as Structural Funding and CAP.