As you can imagine, my work is currently dominated by the fallout from the EU referendum. Anglesey was split down the middle, but we know what the overall result was, and perhaps people are starting to see the implications of that historic vote.
My opinion was that we were better off as EU members. Much better off in Anglesey and Wales’ case! We must now safeguard our position.
We have to ensure that if Brexit happens, UK government delivers for us the EU benefits we have been receiving. Billions paid for everything from job training to roads, universities and theatres to farming subsidies have to be matched. I’ll be asking the First Minister this week about a new Menai crossing. The EU could have been expected to contribute because the A55 is an important European route. What happens to that now?
It’s a long, bumpy and potholed road ahead, but I will do all I can to help navigate along it.
You’ll note that I said “if Brexit happens”. Many argue the misleading nature of the Leave campaign raises doubts over the result. There are calls for great care over the activation of Article 50 (that starts the process of leaving). Me? Well, the result stands of course, but I certainly believe that because those of you who voted Leave weren’t told what you were voting on (because no exit plan was published!), it’s only fair to you that everyone is given a say on accepting whatever deal that is brokered, and what it actually means to us.
Wales’ international links will be vital now. I was elected Chairman of the Assembly’s Commonwealth Parliamentary Association last week. I’ll be seeking to build our links with Commonwealth countries worldwide. I’ve also established a Wales International cross-party group, which will seek new ideas on developing Wales’ place in the world and our international trade and cultural ties.
I also love building links between Anglesey and the Senedd, and the regular visits from the island’s school pupils are always enjoyable. Ysgol y Parc and Ysgol Uwchradd Bodedern popped in during the last couple of weeks, and this week, my visitors are from Ysgol Gyfun Llangefni. Our Welsh Parliament belongs to us all, and it belongs to the generations of the future, so it’s great that the Senedd’s owners, of all ages, are given a chance to look around their home!