£6m for Toyota, Airbus and Ford in Wales

24 September 2018, 10:55 | Updated: 24 September 2018, 11:16

Carwyn Jones Labour conference 2018

First Minister Carwyn Jones says Wales cannot afford a ‘No Deal’ Brexit.

He has announced £6m through the Welsh Labour Government’s EU transition fund to support workers at Ford, Toyota and Airbus in Wales. 

Speaking to Labour’s Annual Conference in Liverpool, Welsh Labour Leader and First Minister Carwyn Jones said:

“Brexit is quite rightly the dominant issue of the day.

 “The looming prospect of a catastrophic No Deal outcome is down to one thing: the paralysis and incompetence of this Tory Government. 

 “The Chequers White Paper might have been a viable starting position for negotiations if it had been launched two years ago, before Theresa May sent the Article 50 letter. Not with only weeks of negotiating time left.

 “If Brexit leaves the country poorer, isolated internationally and more divided at home, let’s lay the blame where it belongs: first, the Brexiteers who told us it would be easy to have a better deal outside the EU than within it - ‘the easiest negotiation ever’ - and second a Government which has failed this country monumentally. 

 “It is time for them to go.

 “Wales cannot afford a No Deal Brexit.

 “It would mean a new wave of industrial carnage, with a real risk of advanced manufacturing following coal and iron as industries where Wales once led the world. It is my first duty as First Minister to do whatever I can to fight against that prospect.

 “I must also prepare our country for every outcome.

 “That is why today I am announcing a further £6 million support through our new EU Transition Fund for workers at Ford, Toyota & Airbus in Wales. 

 “Giving Welsh workers the new skills they need to prepare for an uncertain future. That is a Welsh Labour Government in action – Brexit, or no Brexit – we’ll put our economy first and the needs of our workers, first.”