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Welsh national interests being "jeopardised" by EU talk

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: January 19, 2013

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THE Prime Minister is putting Wales's national interest in "jeopardy" by raising question marks over Britain's future in Europe, Labour has said.

David Cameron is preparing to give a major speech on the UK's relationship with the European Union.

In recent weeks there has been talk of Britain "renegotiating" its position in Europe and a possible referendum.

But Shadow Welsh Secretary Owen Smith said such talk was damaging to Wales.

He said: "It is clearly in the Welsh national interest that we remain within the European Union, not just for the economic value of past and future EU funds, but primarily because of the broader benefits of our partnership in the world's most powerful trading block.

"Those benefits are being placed in jeopardy by a prime minister who is running scared both of his Euro-sceptic right-wing MPs and of the challenge of Ukip."

Meanwhile, Welsh Lib Dem leader Kirsty Williams said Welsh and British jobs, businesses and growth were "enhanced by our co-operation with Europe".

She said: "It's not good for Wales and Britain to be isolated and marginalised within the European Union."

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  • bennyhill4  |  January 20 2013, 6:17PM

    jiffy, not only him, Vorm andDe Guzman are Dutch,Chico,Hernandez and Rangel are spanish and of course there is the South Korean signed from Celtic. Plus the player they are hoping to sign, the Jamacian Kenwyne Jones. Some people dont want foreigners working in this country exept if they happen to play for their particular football team

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  • Jiffy  |  January 20 2013, 3:03PM

    ILoveMichu - how about starting this repatriation with this Michu geezer? "...Miguel Pérez Cuesta (born 21 March 1986), commonly known as Michu, is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Swansea City.."

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  • Gwyddno  |  January 20 2013, 6:38AM

    Patriotism is a devotion to one's homeland so, what is repatriotism? Sounds very subversive anyway. Anglo-Irish Free Trade Agreement 1938 All that the above did was put an end to to 20% trade tariffs imposed by both countries on each other. BAe would not only lose out with regard to airplanes but, they'd also lose all future contracts for the European Space Agency (ESA) as would Logica who do software guidance systems etc. If Cameron and previous Tory leaders had ensured that their MEPs did some work at Strasbourg and Brussels, to get the best deal for the UK, the situation would have been a lot better. I have never come across a Tory MEP who has done anything positive. They are worse than a waste of space. They're bone-idle wasters who refuse to negotiate with anyone.

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  • ILoveMichu  |  January 20 2013, 12:20AM

    Europes aim is to become a super power, the only way they can do this is by getting rid of the identity many countries have. The uk is one of the strongest in the world, this is why our country is being filled to the brim with outsiders, the outcome of this is people of that country then stop caring and so its easier to take over at a time when politcs is stronger than force. Its probably already too late unless repatriotism is executed.

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  • Neathboy234  |  January 19 2013, 9:58PM

    Cameron is pitting the needs of the Tory party before that of the country, for that he will be held accountable in 2015. He is also very foolish giving up the middle ground to Labour, in return for appeasing the extreme right wing. To be honest i am worried little by the possibly of the UK leaving the EU, first the Tory party has to win a majority, and that is as likely as a hen's teeth.

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  • thorpeman  |  January 19 2013, 7:55AM

    Most UK-EU trade is with Ireland & we still have the Anglo-Irish Free Trade Agreement 1965 in place. It precedes the EU & has never been rescinded & thus remains valid as do our free movement agreements with the Irish. Our major exports to the French such as wings for airbus plane & engines to get them in the air will be needed regardless of any tariffs they may or may not introduce if we left. Lets also remember we have a trade deficit of £65 Billion with the EU which would hit the Germans the most & put them into recession if they didn't have access to the UK's internal market which just happens to be the only expanding car market in the EU