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In his first weeks in office, Boris has shown commitment to farming and the union

The Prime Minister might only have been in post for a matter of weeks, but he has already shown his commitment to both farming and the devolved nations, says Welsh Conservative Leader Paul Davies.

I was delighted to see Boris Johnson’s first visit to Wales as Prime Minister centre around rural affairs, as he gave farmers and food producers his full support.

 

The new Prime Minister I backed – and I know my Shadow Minister Andrew RT Davies has also given him his full support through these pages – has Wales and the Union in his sights as a top priority.

 

The Conservative Party in Westminster and in the National Assembly for Wales also continues to back the people’s choice to leave the European Union.

 

Unlike the Welsh Labour Government, we won’t align with other parties to dismiss the choice of Wales by backing remain campaigns.

 

United

 

Welsh Labour, Plaid Cymru and the Liberal Democrats have united to push for a second referendum on leaving the EU, despite Wales voting to leave in 2016.

 

That means the party which governs Wales, those who literally call themselves ‘the Party of Wales,’ and a party which has the word ‘democrat’ in its name are all saying to people in Wales the vote they cast in the referendum was meaningless.

 

As we hear too of major Welsh political parties stoking the fires for Wales to be ripped away from the UK, I also believe Boris Johnson will remain a tireless defender of the Union.

 

He has already shown this by having ‘Minister for the Union’ added to his title and ensuring he visited the constituent nations of the UK within a week of becoming Prime Minister.

 

Vital

 

It’s vital that we defend Wales’ strength as it stands united with the rest of the UK to face the uncertainties the next few years will bring.

 

We must not go it alone, governed only by a complacent and failing Welsh Government.

 

Wales currently languishes at the bottom of the UK league tables with poor quality healthcare, education and low earnings.

 

How could independence supporters consider rejecting the support of the Union when earnings are so low in Wales that the Welsh Government has advertised the struggling workforce as an incentive to set up business in Wales?

 

But the future of Wales in the Union is stronger thanks to the Prime Minister working alongside the Welsh Conservatives in Cardiff Bay.

 

Already, he has announced his intention to scrap the Common Agricultural Policy and to work day and night to sign exciting new trade deals with countries around the world, giving new markets and opportunities to the 50,000 people in the Welsh farming sector.

 

Guaranteed

 

Ahead of his Welsh visit, the PM also guaranteed the UK Government’s post-Brexit replacement of EU structural funds will match current spending in Wales.

 

It’s totally understandable that people are concerned about the future of agriculture and a no-deal Brexit, as we’re certainly in unchartered territory.

 

But I know the UK Government will do everything it can to secure a deal and it will not abandon our rural communities.

 

The outcome of the 2016 referendum must now be respected.

 

A second referendum or no Brexit is not just a betrayal of the 17.4 million who voted leave, it would be a betrayal of those who voted remain too, because the effects of ignoring this result will be irreversibly damaging to our democracy.

 

Paul can be found tweeting at @PaulDaviesPembs


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