Plaid Cymru Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs Simon Thomas has warned that Labour is plotting to use Brexit as an opportunity to cut funding to rural Wales. Simon Thomas said that a Labour MP let the mask slip during a Westminster question.
In Westminster today, Labour MP for Wrexham Ian Lucas asked “Does the Minister agree that leaving the European Union offers a golden opportunity to assess the level of subsidy paid to farming in Wales to see whether that money can be more effectively and efficiently spent in other areas?”
Plaid Cymru Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs Simon Thomas said:
“Ahead of the referendum, the people of Wales were promised that no funding would be lost by leaving the European Union. Since then Plaid Cymru has made it our duty to fight to protect the funding that Wales receives, but Labour seems to view it as a chance for a smash and grab on Wales’ funding.
“We know that 80% of Welsh farms are dependent on European funding to support their businesses, yet ahead of the EU referendum, but Labour shows complete disregard for the interests of the people of Wales.
“Labour really has let the mask slip. Whilst Plaid Cymru is focusing on protecting the interests of Welsh communities, Labour is plotting to cut their funding.”