The Welsh Local Government Association – which is the body that represents all local councils in Wales (including the Vale of Glamorgan Council ) says there is no need for the UK to be in any hurry to leave the EU .
The WLGA’s comments directly contradict the view of Welsh Labour Government First Minister Carwyn Jones who told AMs this week that “Article 50 should be triggered sooner rather than later. I think waiting months and months and months for it just adds to that uncertainty.”
The Chief Executive of the WLGA, Steve Thomas, says his organisation – representing all local authorities in Wales – takes a different view. Mr Thomas says Welsh councils want to ensure that there is as much stability as possible before triggering Article 50 and that there is “no need to be hasty”.
He says the WLGA advises that any move to quit the EU must wait until the new UK Prime Minister takes office (in September) and that the new PM must be in a position to give assurances on public spending before making any move to leave the EU.
Mr Thomas also warns against an emergency budget – saying that “More cuts in an emergency budget would cause huge problems in the public sector.”
The WLGA’s view is backed by Welsh Labour European Parliament member Derek Vaughan who says that the government’s negotiating position must be made clear first.