Staying Local within the European Union

Well done the new Welsh Local Government Minister. Mark Drakeford has given the Williams Report the burial it deserves – no more dreams of a militaristic, top down public service. Local people can retain their engagement with local services with local councils building networks to share what needs to be shared.

The same vision needs to underpin the European Union we will create after a ‘Remain’ vote this Thursday. Throughout Europe we will retain responsive national governments, accountable to their citizens. Through a European Union those national governments can work together to challenge the inequalities of global capitalism, ensure the rights of workers to share control of their own workplace, and sustain an environment we can hand over to future generations.

Outside a European Union, Wales loses its potential to be European centre for advanced manufacturing, lead Europe in energy supply, steel manufacture, automotive supplies, aerospace supplies, bio and medical technology, and much else.

With confidence and vision we can control our own communities and work together across Europe.

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