Britain and the EU

In a debate in the Welsh Assembly Wayne David, Labour MP for Caerphilly, said that David Cameron was putting at risk Britain’s national interest by gambling on Britain’s EU membership.

In a European Movement debate with other politicians, Wayne David said that the Conservatives were in danger of turning Britain into a country “that is retreating from the world and turning in on itself”.” At the same time, Mr David added, “David Cameron is putting at risk millions of jobs because of the growing pressure from his own backbenchers”.

The sensible approach argued Wayne David was not for Britain to “exit from Europe but to reform it”. Mr David said that the European Union ought to be more of a dynamic and competitive association of nation states which had a clearer direction and purpose. At the top of Europe’s agenda, Mr David said should be “job creation and greater democracy”.

Mr David argued that Wales had gained huge benefits from Britain being part of the EU and he said that he very much hoped that Wales would benefit from Jean-Claude Juncker’s new European Investment Fund.

Wayne David was speaking in a debate on Wales’ relationship with the EU. The debate had been organised by the European Movement, the independent, all party pro-European organisation, the European Commission, Grayling Public Affairs and Gorwel, the independent, non-party Welsh think-tank.

Also taking part in the debate were David Melding AM, President of Gorwel, Laura Sandys MP, President of the European Movement, Iestyn Davies, Head of External Affairs at the Federation of Small Businesses and David Hughes, Head of the European Commission in Wales.

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