Wales got the message - and DID vote Leave

Wales got the message – and DID vote Leave

The working-class voters of Wales have defied the mostly-Labour political elite which has run Wales for so long and has disobediently voted to leave the European Union.

With all votes in, the  result for Wales was:-

  • Leave 854,572 (52.5%)
  • Remain 772,347 (47.5%) .

Turnout was 71 .7%

The Vale of Glamorgan – which has a strong concentration of commuting state-sector/ NHS / education staff  and civil servants,  all of whom are dependent on state-funded jobs, voted to “Remain” but only by a majority 1,053. The result for the Vale was :-

  • Remain 36,681
  • Leave 35,628

Gwynedd, Cardiff, Ceredigion  and Monmouthshire also voted “Remain” but the 22 other electoral areas of  Wales comprehensively voted to “Leave” .

Penarth AM and Conservative Leader Andrew R T Davies

Penarth AM and Conservative Leader Andrew R T Davies

Penarth Conservative AM Andrew R T Davies  who is  leader of the Welsh Conservatives –  and who defied Prime Minister David Cameron to support the “Leave” campaign – said it was a “historic moment for Wales” and represented what he called “the end of the Labour diktat ” in the nation  .

Davies paid tribute to the Prime Minister saying “Whilst I am personally disappointed that he has taken the decision to stand down, he can be proud of his many achievements as Prime Minister; not least in having delivered this opportunity for the public to have its say on such a huge constitutional issue.”

Davies said “The democratic will of the United Kingdom has been served today, and it is clear that the political landscape here in Wales and the UK has been changed permanently, and beyond recognition. Clearly the leaders of political parties here in Wales will need to reflect to what extent they can be said to be representing Welsh public opinion on this matter.”

A "Refugees Welcome" banner was held up by First Minister Carwyn Jones at last year's Wales v Israel match. It did nothing to quell Labour supporters' concerns about immigration.

A “Refugees Welcome” banner was held up by First Minister Carwyn Jones at last year’s Wales v Israel match. It did nothing to quell Labour supporters’ concerns about immigration.

The referendum result was another emotional upset for Labour’s “First Minister” for Wales, Carwyn Jones, as the “Leave” campaign came first in his home territory of Bridgend  – where voters ignored his pleas to remain within the European Union.

Carwyn Jones had said three days ago that if the UK voted “Leave” he would arrange to hold separate talks with the EU. Opponents said his statement clearly showed that it had never entered the Labour First Minister’s head that most Welsh voters were totally opposed to the EU and wanted out – and that it was Carwyn Jones himself who was out of step with  public opinion in Wales.

Leanne Wood inclines her head as she meets the Queen for the first time and shakes her hand. In the ill-fitting red cardigan behind is the "Llywydd" (Speaker) of the Assembly Elin Jones. Neither wore hats

Remain campaign supporter Plaid Cymru Leader Leanne Wood meets the Queen at the Welsh Assembly. Wood’s home territory of Rhondda Cynon Taf voted to Leave

Likewise Plaid Cymru’s Leader Leanne Wood found voters in her home territory of Rhondda Cynon Taff weren’t following her leadership . To her consternation and discomfiture, Rhondda Cynon Taff people voted to “Leave”.

Plaid Cymru AM Simon Thomas said he was extremely disappointed. “I think it’s an absolute disaster from the point of view of building the Welsh economy over the next five to ten years”. He said “This is very dangerous and disturbing territory that we’re entering into.

Penarth Assembly Member Vaughan Gething (Labour Cardiff South and Penarth) is now totally in charge of of Health in Wales - moving up from Deputy Health Minister

Penarth Assembly Member Vaughan Gething (Labour Cardiff South and Penarth) who is in charge of the Health Service in Wales, said there is “mistrust” of politicians.

The Labour Assembly Member for Cardiff South and Penarth – Welsh Health Secretary Vaughan Gething – seemed puzzled and surprised at what had happened .

He said there was a “mistrust”  in politicians and “an anti-politics feeling”. He said “We need to understand that, listen and act”.

On the day before polling Stephen Doughty the Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth had campaigned on the streets of Penarth for the losing side

On the day before polling Stephen Doughty the Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth had campaigned on the streets of Penarth …as it turned out he was on the losing side

Also shown to be out of touch with public opinion was Stephen Doughty the Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth  . He said “I respect the result to leave the EU” but then criticised British voters for holding the wrong sort of ideas  – saying I fear for our divided country and what this may say about us beyond views on a mere institution“. He said he was “proud” that Cardiff and the Vale had – as he put it – taken “a different view”.

Labour AM Baroness Morgan also had an uncompromising message for disloyal voters. She said “That crash in the market you hear is also the crashing of your pensions. This will impact on everyone.”

UKIP's Assembly Leader Neil Hamilton ruffled lots of feathers in his speech

UKIP’s Assembly Leader Neil Hamilton

Neil Hamilton, UKIP assembly group leader, said: “I am absolutely delighted and I have to admit even a little surprised myself, as I hardly dared believe we could achieve this.”

Lord Hain said what he called “Left Behind Alienation” in Labour areas had accounted for the defeat . He said “The strong Leave vote demonstrates the serious extent of left-behind alienation in Labour areas, at Wales’ economic and social prospects and deep antagonism to the UK Tory government which invited a kicking in this referendum and are being given it.”

Political commentator Daran Hill was quoted as saying : “Wales’ decision to Leave comes down to a failure of Labour and the Labour-inclined Stronger In campaign to connect with, motivate and mobilise their voters. The Welsh voters have done what they haven’t done since 1979 – they have rejected the establishment. We’ve seen a very surprising pattern. We’ve seen working class Labour voters go fairly solidly “Vote Leave”, far more strongly than we were expecting.”

In some political circles however there is a recognition that there’s now a need to bring Leave and Remain voters together after a bruising and acrimonious campaign .

Conservative Leader Andrew R T Davies said “We must also recognise, however, that there is a significant proportion of the population that didn’t vote to leave the EU and who will not be sharing our optimism today, and we must move forward together as a United Kingdom. I will always act in what I perceive to be the best interest of Welsh communities, and it is my sincere belief that today’s vote is a great opportunity for Wales to benefit economically, socially and culturally.”



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  1. Fishhenge says:

    A great day for democracy.

    • Philip Rapier says:

      Farage and Cameron both redundant on the same day. Fantastic news Perhaps we can make our own Steel build our own ships and be allowed to catch our own fish. The likes of Branson and Green have their day of reckoning to come.

      • Peter Church says:

        Welcome back Labour councillor, your leader really delivered the votes in Wales.
        PS and you friend RT was on the wining side.

      • Paul says:

        Perhaps we can, but we have to be far more aware of the provenance of the goods and services we buy. Shouldnt we be trying to support companies that invest in the Wales and the U.K. over ones that don’t? Shouldn’t we be looking at what we import and thinking about whether there is a business opportunity to do it “in house”? It doesn’t mean cutting ourselves off from the rest of the world and treating them with contempt. It seems to me that we have a great opportunity ahead of us to change our country for the better so we can rely less on handouts and develop the skills we need to transform Wales into a country that we can be proud of.

  2. Richard says:

    Surely Carwyn Jones needs to reconsider his position? There he was a few days ago, bleating on about cutting a deal with the EU for Wales, yet Welsh LABOUR heartlands returned a resounding LEAVE majority. Questions need to be asked about the Assembly’s disconnection from its voters but they won’t be. The media here will studiously ignore that line of ‘political analysis’.

    • Ann Other says:

      The whole of the Labour Party needs to consider its position. It has progressively (!) lost contact with its voters since the late 1980s and now, in England and Wales, has left them without leadership. It is no accident that in Scotland, where, whether you like them or not, the Nationalists have provided leadership and aspirations to them, the ex-Labour voters have not gone for brexit. In England, the lamentable Corbyn did little more than sitter about his own uncertainty and in Wales … well, what can you say. Brexit is a misfortune. It has been caused by the disorientation and long-term grievances of the people in the Labour heartlands like those in Wales.

  3. Peter Church says:

    Excellent result, positive out come for the UK

    As for Scotland having another referendum only an extra 43,000 votes since the Independence referendum in 2014

    1,617,989 VOTES for Independence in 2014
    1,661,191 VOTES for Remain in 2016

    This is without having to adopt the Euro, so Nicola won’t even consider it.

  4. Ian Perry says:

    We voted for an immediate 10% “windfall tax” on our savings. Ford are reviewing their operations in Bridgend, and the future of Port Talbot looks bleaker. Whilst the plight of the pound may help competitiveness, fewer are likely to want to invest in the UK.

    • Peter Church says:

      “We voted for an immediate 10% “windfall tax” on our savings.” do you have a link to this new tax Ian?

  5. Freddie says:

    Corbyn faces calls (from within his own party) to resign, Sturgeon talks of reflecting the will of the Scottish people with a second referendum, so why is Carwyn Jones – the man who, only a few days ago, was talking of overriding a UK out vote – still in a job when he speaks without any mandate from the Welsh people. Surely, Wales should be calling for a referendum on whether the “Welsh Assembly” remains. That would be another definition of democracy.

    • Martin says:

      And Cameron has resigned. Why is Carwyn still in a job?

    • Ian James Griffin says:

      Freddie, I completely agree.
      Let’s now have a referendum on the Assembly and let’s get rid of another ‘gravy train’ and the hundreds of millions it is costing Wales every year.

      • Ivor Bagman says:

        I prefer to call it
        An Assemblage
        ( of clingons )
        ( Not Klingons ! )
        Whom everyone knows
        Are from another planet !

  6. Geraint says:

    Good to see the Welsh media’s razor sharp teeth in action – Carwyn being quoted as fearing for ‘jobs’ – not HIS job, of course, yet a resounding OUT vote from Wales!


    Significant that Cardiff and the Vale voted “remain” whilst the more deprived areas of Wales defied Corbyn,Carwyn and others and quite consistently voted “out”, at last realising that although EU gave them a few crumbs it was the self-serving politicians, personified by the Kinnocks and others who were the main beneficiaries of the EU bandwagon.

  8. MH says:

    Do you honestly think that Westminster is going to support Wales, historically Wales has been ignored by Westminster and you think that this will now change? This was fought on an immigration/racial grounds. I look forward to measuring them on delivery of there commitments.

  9. LeighA says:

    If those who voted “leave” expect WALES to receive the same level of funding from Westminster that we have enjoyed from the EEC over the past 25 years they will be VERY VERY disappointed. I suspect the first casualty will be the M4 relief Road around Newport and that’s just for starters!

    • Paul says:

      Maybe, maybe not.

      If this really is the start of a new chapter in UK history then why start it so negatively? Let’s look at why Wales needs so much in handouts in the first place, it doesn’t matter who is giving us the money. Why not start thinking about what kind of country Wales wants to be and working towards it. Wales has a fairly low population, few high rate tax payers and hence small tax revenues. What can we do to change this? Why aren’t we discussing how to improve this country’s fortunes instead of worrying about who is going to give us something? For once can’t we be an optimistic nation?

    • Martin Coffee says:

      Don’t forget the Western electrification. That’ll now stop at Bristol and we’ll have Pacer connections from there into Wales.

      • jessie says:

        Electrification to Cardiff will happen but it definitely won’t be taken to Swansea! Goodbye Metro proposals and goodbye any rail and road improvements outside Cardiff.

  10. JohnP says:

    Politicians may or not be out of touch with the voters but Nigel Farage is out of touch with the truth.Vote Leave promised to fund the NHS with the £350 million a week(a lie in itself) we send to the EU. Mr Farage has now said it was a mistake – £18 billion per annum of a mistake. I hope the electorate realise that any of UKIP’s promises are worthless..

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