What will Brexit mean for Wales?
Swansea University held the day-long conference, on Friday November 25th 2016 organised by the University’s Morgan Academy, School of Management, and the College of Law and Criminology.
The event, which took place in the Atrium and lecture theatres at the School of Management, Bay Campus, welcomed keynote speakers including David Jones, Minister of State for Exiting the European Union, on ‘What is Brexit? A UK Government View’.
In response, there was a panel session on 'Brexit and Wales: response to Ministerial views from the political parties', with Q&A, featuring Eluned Morgan, former MEP and now Labour AM for Mid and West Wales; Adam Price, former MP and now Plaid Cymru AM for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr; and Mark Reckless, UK Independence Party (UKIP) AM for South Wales East. The session was by chaired by Adrian Masters, ITV Cymru/Wales Political Editor.
Mark Drakeford, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government, and Leanne Wood, Leader of Plaid Cymru discussed ‘Wales’s place in Europe post-Brexit: What sort of settlement do we want?’. They were interrogated by Professor Elwen Evans QC, Head of Swansea University’s College of Law and Criminology, about Wales’ place in a post-Brexit world and their notions of Europeanism in this new context.
There was also a Business and Trade post-Brexit roundtable discussion introduced by Professor Martin Stringer, Swansea University Pro-Vice-Chancellor and chaired by Dr Carol Bell, former Managing Director of the Global Oil and Gas Group at the Chase Manhattan Bank, with representatives of GE Electrics, London Heathrow Airport, and the National Union of Farmers.
And in the day’s closing session, entitled ‘Leaving the EU: A View on the Process', David Hughes, Head of the European Commission Office in Wales, indicated the legal and political intricacies of Brexit.