In line with our mission, WCVA will work to connect stakeholders, enable dialogue with the sector and influence the process of Britain’s exit from the European Union. WCVA accepts that the UK has voted to leave the European Union, not Europe.
Since the result of the EU referendum which saw the UK vote to
leave the European Union, WCVA has undertaken a series of
activities in the interest of the third sector during the European
Transition. This work includes:
- A joint event with the Electoral Reform Society to stimulate
better referendum' debate.
- A statement as an
immediate response to the referendum result.
- A webinar to update the sector on events following the
referendum result, this also provided an opportunity for
organisation to ask questions. This formed a basic FAQ section of the
- WCVA SMT attending four meetings with the Secretary of State
for Wales with a range of Third Sector organisations.
- Securing the membership of Ruth Marks, WCVA's Chief Executive
and Tom Jones, Vice President on the
European Advisory Group established by the First
- Gauging third sector views to inform
our response to the National Assembly for Wales' consultation
on the implications for Wales of Britain exiting the European
- Gathered the verdict of WCVA members on Brexit via a Snapshot
Survey. You can read the results of the survey here.
- Produced a report
following the most recent Third Sector Partnership meeting which
focused on the impact of Britain's exit from the EU would
have on the third sector in Wales.
What matters to the sector?
The result from the referendum in June 2016 has implications
across the third sector in Wales which are multi-facetted and cut
across potentially all aspects and areas being considered and
negotiated during the UK's exit talks with Brussels.
The sector is telling us that these are the main key areas of
The referendum vote showed different voting patterns by region,
age and socio-economic background, highlighting a disconnect
between the Welsh establishment and the communities they serve.
Anecdotal evidence from our members and networks, substantiated by
Government research into Hate
Crime, England and Wales 2015/16 and
highlighted in the media, demonstrates a clear difference in
inter-generational attitudes to Brexit and an increase in racially
motivated hate crimes. The sector has a vital role to play in
strengthening community cohesion.
The Partnership Principle which underpins the design, management
and implementation of the Structural funds in Wales has enabled
third sector representatives to be involved in the decision making
around funding decisions. WCVA would seek for any successor funding
arrangements to retain the approach of the Partnership Principle
and the commitment to a multi-annual funding framework.
The third sector in Wales has been very successful at accessing
and creating impact with European funding through the main
structural funds programmes but also other EU funding streams.
Since 2007 the sector has accessed in excess of £317 million of EU
Structural and Investment fund through a range of grants and
procured contracts. The loss of these funds would have a
significant impact on the sectors ability to deliver projects that
contribute to the social and economic regeneration of the most
deprived areas of Wales.
Currently being a member of the European Union facilitates
access to pan European networks and opportunities to deliver
projects in partnership with other Member States. A key risk to
Brexit could be the withdrawal from these opportunities which would
impact on our ability to be outward looking and receptive to new
We are committed to keeping the sector up to date with both our
work, and that of other relevant stakeholders. As such, we have
created an online resource database which brings together
publications around the European Transition process and third
sector interests. In it, we list official publications from
governmental and statutory institutions as well as providing links
to research papers from charities, think tanks and sister councils
WCVA is tracking the process and aims to keep the sector
informed of key developments through our weekly WCVA News
e-bulletin, website and events. If you have any questions or
comments, please contact the Third Sector European Team at 3SET@WCVA.org.uk