UK votes to leave EU as Wales takes eurosceptic turn
On 23 June voters opted to leave the European Union with the Leave camp edging a 51.9% to 48.1% win.
Wales' proved more Eurosceptic than England with 52.5% voting to Leave to 47.5% voting to Remain.
This is despite Wales receiving high amounts of EU funding - an estimated net benefit at £245 million a year.
This comes a month after UKIP members were elected into the Welsh Assembly for the first time, and the collapse of Tata Steel in Port Talbot, which some say is exacerbated by EU state aid rules.
On 8 June, an EU referendum debate of three panels took place in Cardiff, run with Cardiff University’s Welsh Governance Centre and the WCIA. Society and law, internal and international relationships, and effects on jobs and economy were discussed.
Dr Jo Hunt, from Cardiff School of Law, expressed the rigidity of the EU in terms of the restrictions put in place, but also pointed out the value of communication with our surrounding European countries.
Dr Hywel Ceri Jones, Baroness Julie Smith and Lord Dafydc Wigley expressed their views on the benefits of the EU - such as solidarity, foundation for improvement, and funding benefits to Wales.
On the other hand the benefits of leaving the EU were discussed by UKIP's David Rowlands, Alex Moscovici, the Chair of Students for Britain Cardiff for ‘Leave', and Berwyn Davies. New trade agreements, politician accountability and diminishing British sovereignty were all topics of discussion.
Despite a Leave win, the future still remains uncertain as we step into new territory. What benefit or disadvantage this will have to Wales is still unknown.
Martin Pollard, Chief Executive of WCIA, said, "We are a nation divided on this issue, and the process from here on is uncertain. So it is more important than ever that we come together to promote the values that the WCIA stands for - peace, tolerance, human rights and international cooperation.
Over the coming months and years, we will make sure we give the Welsh public plenty of opportunities to discuss the implications of Brexit and find shared ways to create a fairer, more peaceful world.”
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Penygroes Celebrates 90th Anniversary of North Wales Women Peace Pilgrimage
More than a hundred women gathered at Penygroes Memorial Hall on May 27 to mark the 90th anniversary of the 1926 Women’s Peace Pilgrimage.
Women across Wales, from Blaenau, Caernarfon, to Lleyn and Wrexham came together to remember and celebrate the North Wales peace march which took place in 1926.
On 19 June 1926 a number of women’s groups gathered to organise a peace pilgrimage to London’s Hyde Park following widespread destruction as a result of the first World War. Women throughout Britain became activists for arms reduction and settling international disputes.
In North Wales, with the leadership of peace activists Gladys Thoday and Silyn Roberts, 2000 women from around the town of Penygroes in Caernarfonshire began the peace march at the market town carrying the blue flag of peace. After travelling and holding 15 meetings over 5 days throughout North Wales villages, the procession reached Chester before joining more than 10,000 women demonstrating for peace at Hyde park.
Marking the anniversary, 103 year old Dills O’Brien Owen unveiled a remembrance plaque at the spot from where 2000 women began their march. The Penygroes community came together in remembrance with local children showcasing songs and artwork as women shared and transferred stories.
The anniversary marked a celebration of Wales' peace heritage and Welsh women's hand in international peace.
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