Put people first in Brexit negotiations urge Welsh Bishops

Thu 30 Mar 2017
By Premier Journalist

Welsh bishops are calling on the Government to prioritise people first when negotiating the country's exit from the European Union.

Their comments come the day after Prime Minister Theresa May triggered Article 50, beginning the process to leave the EU.

The bishops of the Church in Wales said that in order to build a better Wales post-Brexit, inequality and disadvantage must be addressed.

In an open letter they said: "If we are to build a better Wales post-Brexit, it is essential that we recognise and address each and every inequality and disadvantage which damage our sense of solidarity and of belonging to one another in our community.

"With this in mind, we urge those responsible for negotiations to prioritise the protection of human rights; to offer pro-actively security to individuals and families who have come to live within our borders; and to maintain the employment rights, safety standards, and environmental protections which have developed in common with our European partners over the past 40 years.

"It is equally important to continue support to those areas of Wales which are most affected by economic disadvantage, to promote the rural economy, and to support sectors which rely on European markets."

The bishops added that they hoped that Christians will remember their common identity as children of God and that political differences will not "mar our relationship with fellow Christians in Europe and beyond."

In last year's referendum, 52.5 per cent of the people in Wales voted in favour of leaving the EU.

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