5 Dec 2016
WCVA has gauged sector views to inform our response to the National Assembly for Wales’ consultation on the implications for Wales of Britain exiting the European Union (EU)
The consultation posed two questions:
1. What should be the top priority for Wales in advance of
the UK Government triggering of Article 50 (which starts the formal
process of exiting the EU)?
2. Can you provide examples of where the UK's proposed
approach to transferring the acquis communautaire (the body of
European law), through the proposed Great Repeal Bill, into
domestic law might have particular implications for Wales?
We conducted a poll amongst third sector organisations and asked
them to rate nine predefined areas in order of importance to Wales'
negotiating position, and to report any other areas of concern. Of
the 77 responses received, 27% deemed the Economy and jobs as the
top priority. The priorities were ranked as follows:
1. Economy and jobs (27%)
2. Equality, justice and human rights (23%)
3. Access to funding (22%)
4. Environment (6%)
5. Children and young people (3%)
6. Third sector workforce (3%)
7. Culture (3%)
8. Migration (3%)
9. Welsh language (1%)
Based on the results of this poll, WCVA has made the following
recommendations to the National Assembly for Wales:
- Prior to starting formal negotiations under Article 50, the
elected governments of the four UK Nations should seek agreement on
the fundamental aims of the negotiations and what the redlines of
this process should be.
- The National Assembly for Wales, Welsh and UK Governments
should create regular opportunities for dialogue with Welsh
stakeholders throughout the negotiation process, and WCVA has
offered to support to facilitate engagement with the third sector
on this matter.
- As part of future negotiations with UK Government around
funding for regional development, the Welsh Government should
maintain its long standing commitment to the 'Partnership
Principle' that builds upon our distinct experience of involving
the public, private and third sectors in the design, management and
delivery of EU Structural Funds.
- The Welsh Government must undertake equality impact assessments
on any major funding decisions leading up to and after leaving the
- To ensure a continued global outlook for our Nation, and
mutually beneficial collaborations with European partners, a
mechanism for continued participation in EU funded programmes
including Erasmus+, LIFE, Creative Europe, DEA, Daphne, Horizon
2020 etc should be negotiated.
This response (which you can read in full here) is the latest in a
series of activities undertaken by WCVA since the result of the EU
referendum which saw the UK vote to leave the European Union on
23rd June 2916. Since then, WCVA has:
- Issued a statement
as an immediate response to the referendum result.
- Delivered a webinar which updated the sector on events
following the referendum result,
- Published an FAQ
section on our website.
- Attended four meetings with the Secretary of State for Wales
with a range of Third Sector organisations.
- Secured the membership of Ruth Marks, WCVA's Chief Executive
and Tom Jones, Vice President on the
European Advisory Group established by the First Minister.
In order to inform WCVA's response, WCVA accepts that the UK is
leaving the EU, and acknowledges that we remain part of the
continent of Europe. We are committed to continuing work
around the European Transition process, which is in line with our
mission to connect stakeholders and influence the process.