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Bryn Terfel concerned about tax rises after Welsh independence: ‘Would I have to go live in Switzerland?’

20 Feb 2021 2 minute read
Bryn Terfel. pICTURE BY Frankie Fouganthin (CC BY-SA 4.0).

Opera singer Bryn Terfel has said that he is concerned about whether he would have to leave Wales and go to live in Switzerland or Monte Carlo after Welsh independence.

He told the Telegraph that he was a supporter of devolution – including the First Minister Mark Drakeford – as it allowed him to stay and live in Wales and the Welsh Government was generous to the arts.

But according to the newspaper, the man who grew up in Pant Glas near Caernarfon was not entirely convinced that Welsh independence was a good idea for him, at least from a personal perspective.

“I’d have to know what it meant, exactly, for me,” he said.

“Does that mean taxes would go incredibly high, that I would have to go and live in Switzerland or Monte Carlo?

“I’d rather not, I’d rather live in Wales, and I am pretty happy how we are devolved at the moment.”

As well as being unsure about Welsh independence Bryn Terfel told the Telegraph that he was not a big fan of Brexit, which had create a muddle of red tape for his profession.

“70 per cent of my work is European, and my dad got grants from the European Union,” he said.

“They [politicians] need to step up to the plate, sort it out and give us the correct information.”

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