Today is a sad day for Britain and for Wales. The UK has voted to leave the EU.
Here in Wales we have overwhelmingly benefited from EU membership. Between 2007 and 2013 alone we received over £1.8billion in structural funding from the EU. Our universities prosper through EU co-operation and funding, a brand new campus in Swansea has just been completed – thanks to EU funding.
Those who have fought for remain, from across the political spectrum, have fought with love and wisdom. They have put aside party politics to fight for a greater, a stronger, a better UK – a better Wales. Thank you to everyone who got out and campaigned, who leafleted, who talked to friends about the benefits of the EU. Thank you.
Today we look back on what we have lost. Tomorrow we get together to help our broken and bruised country get back on its feet. This is a time to come together.
European Movement Council of Wales President Wayne David MP added, “While we are disappointed with the result, this is not a time to turn our backs on opportunities for international co-operation. We should continue to have a positive relationship with our European neighbours and negotiate the best trading relationship possible with them.”