Podcast: A Welsh perspective on Brexit and the nations

Prof Richard Wyn Jones

What does Brexit mean for the devolved nations of Britain? We know so much about the political debate in Scotland, but what about Wales.

Derek Bateman

Unlike Scotland and Northern Ireland, Wales voted by a majority to leave the EU. That was a blow to the nationalist party, Plaid Cymru, and the movement overall.

So where is Welsh opinion now? What do people there make of the idea of a Westminster “power grab” as the UK parliament sets out to accrue powers as they return from Brussels, post Brexit?

Derek Bateman invited Professor Richard Wyn Jones, director of the Wales Governance Centre at Cardiff University, to discuss the Welsh perspective. He looks back on the impact of the Brexit vote, the follies of the Cameron government and what it all means for the Welsh Government as it grapples to respond.

The result is a fascinating discussion of issues with which we in Scotland are all too familiar, but from the Cardiff perspective (and some Norwegian perspective too – tune in to find out more…)

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  1. Every independent sovereign country has control over its immigration, and that’s as it should be. A key difference with devolved ‘sub nations’ such as Scotland and Wales is that they do not have any sovereignty hence nor do they have any control over immigration to their territory. The outcome of this is that the absence of immigration powers ultimately affects the way the changing populations of these sub-nations vote, i.e. anti self-determination, in turn a majority favouring British nation(alism). Not that Prof Wyn Jones gets it, despite the Norwegian reality (i.e. removing the Danish overlords) staring him in the face.

  2. Very interesting interview, sounds Wyn Jones comes across as a decent lad. I’ll check him out and see what he has to say on things.

  3. It starts ok but we had to end slightly earlier because of a file corruption. If we can sort the file we shall replace it. Only around one minute of the original recording is missing at the end. Apologies for this technical fault.


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