Leading experts offer a perspective on how the results of the Brexit negotiations may impact Wales following the decision to leave the European Union.
On Thursday 23 June 2016, the United Kingdom took the seismic decision to leave the European Union. In Wales, all but five voting regions were majority Leave constituencies; Gwnedd, Ceredigion, Monmouthshire, Cardiff and The Vales of Gamorgan were the anomalies.
The specific details of Brexit are likely to be finalised by March 2019 - two years after the EU’s mechanism for leaving, Article 50, was triggered by the Prime Minister, Theresa May. But until then, as negotiations continue, many questions about the aesthetics of Wales’ future relationship with the European Union, and The UK are still unanswered. The devolution of power is still a significant factor for many, and whether powers regained from Brussels will go to the National Assembly, or to Westminster.
In an attempt to get to the bottom of some of the challenging Brexit questions, we’ve asked leading experts what leaving the EU might mean for Wales.
What impact will Brexit have on the Welsh economy?
Joshua Miles of the Federation of Small Businesses, Phil Fiander, director of operations at the Welsh Council for Voluntary Action and Dr Rachel Minto of Cardiff University discuss the potential implications and opportunities for Wales post-Brexit.
Professor Roger Scully of the think tank, Wales Governance Centre, discusses the potential implications and opportunities for Wales post-Brexit with Dr Jo Hunt and Dr Rachel Minto of Cardiff University.
Image: Cardiff Castle by Mario Sánchez Prada under Creative Commons licence CC BY-SA 2.
This free course, From Brexit to the break-up of Britain?, sets the experience of Brexit in the context of the UK. It first analyses Brexit as a symptom of the political, economic and social geography of the UK, focusing on its uneven development in a country increasingly dominated by London and the South East of England. It then considers how the divisions within the UK (within England as well as between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) were reflected in the voting patterns of the 2016 referendum. Finally, the course reflects on the implications of these short-term and long-term trends for the UK’s future as a multinational state.
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