Wales in a Post-Brexit World

At a well-attended event hosted by WCIA and Welsh Governance Centre in the Temple of Peace on 27th March, International Relations and Welsh Language Minister, Eluned Morgan was joined by a panel of experts to talk about possibilities for Wales on the international stage going forward. In her opening remarks, WCIA CEO Susie Ventris-Field, stated that “Even though we have a panel of experts, one thing is certain, no one knows what the outcome of the current political situation will be. However, the WCIA vision where everyone contributes to creating a fairer and more peaceful world fells more important than ever.”

Panelist included

Dr Christopher Huggins, Politics lecturer, University of Suffolk

Dr Rachel Minto, Wales Governance Centre, Cardiff University

Prof Kevin Morgan, Professor of Governance and Development, Cardiff University

Dr Elin Royles, Politics lecturer, Aberystwyth University

There were varying degrees of pessimism as the panelist outlined the challenges for Welsh Government and third sector will face in accessing networks and institutions that currently are accessed through the EU. Prof Morgan indicated some of the key networks and institutions in Europe that it will be vital that the UK should “pay to play” in the future, there by enabling ongoing international cooperation and access to opportunities for research, study and business.  Dr Minto highlighted the problems of lack of resources that will in future hinder the international participation of welsh civil society. According to Dr Royles, Wales will have to use more of its “soft” power through sport, culture and art to gain influence in the world.  This was echoed by the Minister, as she also highlighted some of the examples where Wales is doing ground breaking work, such as the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act which could be shared globally. The Minister said, Brexit negotiations have caused huge damage to the reputation of the UK internationally amongst our closest allies and neighbours and will take decades to repair. Sir Emyr Parry-Jones, (former UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations) responded to the panelists urging the Welsh Government should not rely on the UK government to speak on the international stage for Wales (or other devolved parts of the UK) because the communication relies on personal contacts with Westminster ministers rather than statutory instruments.

As an example of the concern of Welsh people for global issues, £180.75 was collected for the Disasters Emergency Committee appeal for the victims of Cyclone Idai.

 

One thought on “Wales in a Post-Brexit World”

  1. Les James

    Nobody addressed the reality – post Brexit, stripped of the powers and access to EU resources gained through subsidiarity, we are left with a Welsh Assembly that does not justify the title of Senedd – it is no more than an ‘overblown’ county council doing Whitehall’s bidding – an ’emperor without clothes’.

    Also our university panel did not tell the full story of what is increasingly happening when we now take part in European cultural gatherings – colleagues describe how they are dismissed to the fringe, irrelevant, nobody bothers to seek their cooperation or involvement in projects. For me, once an active Europhile, now in retirement, such news is very demoralising to hear. We will be shut out of the structures of European cooperation created over the last 40 – 50 years. All we will soon have, are the personal relationships built by individual endeavour – just like it was in the 1960s,

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