IntroductionOur Agenda for Change
In the months that have followed Britain’s historic vote to leave the European Union, we have seen monumental change. We now have a new Prime Minister and a radically different cabinet. Out with the Etonian, Notting Hill Set and in with Theresa May and her more diverse cabinet.
The rebellion by those who for decades felt totally disenfranchised with the current political establishment had arrived. Now it was up to those in charge to decide which route to take following the referendum.
The Welsh economy had left huge sections of society behind, areas of large deprivation which had lost their traditional industries had failed to see their lives improved. The EU’s regional development fund had pumped hundreds of millions of pounds into South Wales and into infrastructure improvements. What the Welsh Government and the EU failed to realise is that what people in deprived areas need is, sustainable, well-paid jobs and most of all, hope.
This feeling of losing control is not just isolated to areas of high deprivation, but in other wealthier areas of Wales, which have received low investment for decades, and feel as though governments have prioritised the handful of metropolitan cities over rural Wales.
The EU referendum election saw a 71.6% turnout in Wales, with 51.9% backing LEAVE and 48.1% backing REMAIN. Overall, 77.27% of council areas voted LEAVE.
- Remain 48.1%
- Leave 51.9%
This was a firm rejection of the current political establishment and the direction in which they were taking Britain. People showed they want to take back control of their lives from unaccountable politicians and institutions.
This was not just a vote by impoverished working class communities, but a vote against the status quo by voters of every class, tax bracket and locality. Many voted not by listening to politicians and the media, but by listening to their conscience and voting according to their life experiences.