We must protect languages in light of Brexit

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Plaid Cymru Shadow Cabinet Secretary for the Welsh Language Sian Gwenllian has called for action to support minority languages across the UK.

Writing to the Cabinet Secretary, she warned that Brexit posed a risk to the UK’s minority languages and called on the Welsh Government to protect Wales’ membership of the single market, and to establish an intergovernmental working group to address the impact of Brexit on the Celtic languages.

Sian Gwenllian warned that pulling out of the single market would have a devastating effect on Wales’ economic prospects, and would hamper efforts to reach a million Welsh speakers.

Writing to the Minister for Welsh Language, Plaid Cymru Shadow Cabinet Secretary for the Welsh Language Sian Gwenllian said:

“I understand that the Secretary General of the European Language Equality Network (ELEN) has written to you previously calling upon the Welsh Government to support their initiative to establish an intergovernmental working group to address the impact of Brexit on the Celtic languages.

"The initiative would comprise of the Welsh Government, the Scottish Government, the Irish Government, the Northern Ireland Executive, Cornwall Council, ELEN and language NGOs. I am writing to you to echo those calls, and urge you to make progress on this as a matter of urgency.

“Brexit will potentially have an extremely negative effect on the Welsh language and all other Celtic languages spoken in the United Kingdom. Not only are these language communities facing the prospect of losing direct funding through European programmes such as Erasmus Plus, but they also face losing from structural funds that have created many employment opportunities for Welsh language speakers in various sectors across Wales.

“In addition, with the UK Government’s intention of pursuing a hard Brexit that could harm our access to European markets, this would severely affect all economic sectors in Wales. A core element of efforts to create a million Welsh speakers is that appropriate economic conditions must be provided for the Welsh language to survive and thrive. Emigration due to poor economic conditions is destroying parts of our Welsh language communities. Therefore during the Brexit negotiations, our governments must make the collective case for the economic well-being of our nation that will ensure the safety and prosperity of our languages and their communities.

“The EU has always been a great bastion of hope for the minority languages of the nations of the UK and the rest of Europe. We must now ensure that we preserve that hope by working together with our Celtic cousins by standing up and protecting our nation’s language and culture from the potentially devastating effects of Brexit.”

“We must protect languages in light of Brexit”

Sian Gwenllian calls on government to protect Celtic languages

 

Plaid Cymru Shadow Cabinet Secretary for the Welsh Language Sian Gwenllian has called for action to support minority languages across the UK. Writing to the Cabinet Secretary, she warned that Brexit posed a risk to the UK’s minority languages and called on the Welsh Government to protect Wales’ membership of the single market, and to establish an intergovernmental working group to address the impact of Brexit on the Celtic languages.

Sian Gwenllian warned that pulling out of the single market would have a devastating effect on Wales’ economic prospects, and would hamper efforts to reach a million Welsh speakers.

Writing to the Minister for Welsh Language, Plaid Cymru Shadow Cabinet Secretary for the Welsh Language Sian Gwenllian said:

“I understand that the Secretary General of the European Language Equality Network (ELEN) has written to you previously calling upon the Welsh Government to support their initiative to establish an intergovernmental working group to address the impact of Brexit on the Celtic languages. The initiative would comprise of the Welsh Government, the Scottish Government, the Irish Government, the Northern Ireland Executive, Cornwall Council, ELEN and language NGOs. I am writing to you to echo those calls, and urge you to make progress on this as a matter of urgency.

“Brexit will potentially have an extremely negative effect on the Welsh language and all other Celtic languages spoken in the United Kingdom. Not only are these language communities facing the prospect of losing direct funding through European programmes such as Erasmus Plus, but they also face losing from structural funds that have created many employment opportunities for Welsh language speakers in various sectors across Wales.

“In addition, with the UK Government’s intention of pursuing a hard Brexit that could harm our access to European markets, this would severely affect all economic sectors in Wales. A core element of efforts to create a million Welsh speakers is that appropriate economic conditions must be provided for the Welsh language to survive and thrive. Emigration due to poor economic conditions is destroying parts of our Welsh language communities. Therefore during the Brexit negotiations, our governments must make the collective case for the economic well-being of our nation that will ensure the safety and prosperity of our languages and their communities.

“The EU has always been a great bastion of hope for the minority languages of the nations of the UK and the rest of Europe. We must now ensure that we preserve that hope by working together with our Celtic cousins by standing up and protecting our nation’s language and culture from the potentially devastating effects of Brexit.” 

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