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UK Government set to break manifesto promise on post-Brexit funding

09 Apr 2022 3 minutes Read
Westminster Government Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Picture by Annika Haas (CC BY 2.0)

The UK Government is set to break its promises to match the funding nations and regions of the UK received before Brexit, Whitehall sources have warned.

Further details of the Shared Prosperity Fund that will replace EU structural funding are due to be announced Wednesday, but those with prior knowledge of their contents told the Financial Times that they would fall short of pre-Brexit promises that nations and regions would not be worse off.

Boris Johnson’s 2019 election manifesto had promised that post-Brexit replacement funding would “at a minimum match the size” of EU funds in “each nation” of the UK.

The Welsh Government have already said that they are due to lose £1bn by 2024-25 which would “make a mockery” of the UK Government’s claims to be ‘levelling up’ the UK.

The Financial Times said that the documents showed that England was also set to receive almost 50 per cent less than originally pledged, getting £1.56bn by 2024-25 instead of £3bn.

Henri Murison, director of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership regional lobby group, told the newspaper: “This will be a difficult decision to defend to Red Wall MPs, who will be left wondering why levelling up isn’t a bigger priority for the chancellor.”

‘Not acceptable’

Speaking in February, a former leader of the Welsh Conservatives said that it is important that Wales doesn’t lose out as a result of the end of EU funding.

Speaking in the Senedd, Paul Davies said that “I totally agree with you that it is important that Wales does not lose out as a result of the switch from European structural funds to the shared prosperity fund”.

Economy Minister Vaughan Gething congratulated Paul Davies on his statement.

“I should congratulate the Member,” he said. “That is the first time that a Conservative Member in this place has said that it should not be acceptable that Wales loses money from the change from European structural funds. That’s a very welcome statement.”

Paul Davies had added that the Economy, Trade and Rural Affairs Committee, of which he is chair, would “be taking a keen interest in this specific area in due course”.

He was responding to an original statement by Vaughan Gething in which he said that Wales was due to lose £1bn as a result of the changes.

“And I don’t see how any reasonable person could defend that, regardless of their politics,” Vaughan Gething said. “I don’t think anyone came into this place to try to justify £1 billion being shed from Wales.

“And, of course, we’re also seeing regions of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland being treated in the same way, because the UK Government has deliberately chosen to underfund those former EU programmes despite clear pledges and promises that no-one would lose a single penny.”


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Gareth
Gareth
1 month ago

I will not be expecting the Tory’s here to make a statement condemning the UK Gov regarding funding, but I will not be surprised if they start to rant and rave and blame our Gov if we have traffic jams and overcrowding on trains at Easter. Did anyone really expect a serial liar, Johnson, to keep his word regarding funding? Brexit was one big lie.

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
1 month ago
Reply to  Gareth

They will likely blame the Covid pandemic. War in Ukraine. Boris Johnson’s flat renovation cost blah blah blah…… everything under the sun but the unmitigated success that is Brexit! 🤪🇬🇧

Popsie
1 month ago
Reply to  Gareth

It’s no wonder your post is so confused, Wales voted for Brexit.

Rhosddu
Rhosddu
1 month ago
Reply to  Popsie

If you have another look at his post, you’ll be able to see that one reason for the pro-Brexit vote in Cymru was Johnson’s promise that EU structural funding would be matched post-Brexit.

Arwyn
Arwyn
1 month ago

For the love of God, get us out of this Tory UK. Absolutely unbearable.

Mr Williams
Mr Williams
1 month ago

What I surprise, I am so shocked, I really believed the Tory promises that “Wales would not lose a penny” as a result of Brexit!
I am, of course, being sarcastic!

Ieuan Evans
Ieuan Evans
1 month ago

Well this does surprise me!!!! I don’t think.

Marc
Marc
1 month ago

The Welsh have never voted for a Tory government and never will. Independence is the only way we’ll rid our country of these despicable people 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
1 month ago

Never trust a Tory. There’s a moral in that tale to ones who were stupid enough to believe the treacherous Conservatives, UKIP and Brexit party lies & deceit that Wales would benefit by leaving the European Union. Who can recall the promise made by arch Anglophile MP for Monmouth David TC Davies who said to the BBC in 2016 smugly stating how Wales would not lose one penny of its funding if we voted to leave the EU. In fact. We’d get more money. A total fraudster. I hope he’s reminded of this lie forever. Recently he along with fellow… Read more »

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
1 month ago
Reply to  Y Cymro

Here’s the David TC Davies BBC interview link from 2016 in question: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-eu-referendum-36625798.amp

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Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
1 month ago

I have been expecting this sort of announcement for months if not years. Cymru was never ever going to get the equivalent amount of EU funding from the UK Gov. It was never going to happen. Just think about how much we’ll be losing over the years to join the normal underfunding and losses such as from HS2. We are continually being shat one (nothing unusual there) and the only way we are ever going to stop the rot is through independence.

Adrian Meagher
Adrian Meagher
1 month ago
Reply to  Steve Duggan

Describing people, even Tories, as a cancer that need purging is perilously close to hate speech
Nid yw’n gyfiawn, ym fy marn i o leiaf.

Adrian Meagher
Adrian Meagher
1 month ago
Reply to  Adrian Meagher

Sorry, that message was intended for y cymro.

Richard
Richard
1 month ago
Reply to  Adrian Meagher

I think the sort of thoughts and argument usually on display on these ‘ pages ‘ speaks well for the range of progressive views Wales is known for and for tolerance ( very hard at times )

We do not need to step into the dark marsh of misinformation and deception aimed at those of us seeking to support our nation on its journey towards an inclusive and tolerant future.

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
1 month ago
Reply to  Adrian Meagher

The Tories have no empathy for the poor. Therefore my description is just. Also, ask those who suffered the ultimate fate in ACUs, my own family member, when they partied during the Covid pandemic. Oh, sorry. You can’t. And why? Because she & they are dead. Hate speech lol. Ever read the Treachery of the Blue Books or Enoch Powell’s Rivers of Blood durge. Now that’s hate speech!

Last edited 1 month ago by Y Cymro
Y Cymro
Y Cymro
1 month ago
Reply to  Y Cymro

Correction to my post. Meant ICUs not ACUs.

Last edited 1 month ago by Y Cymro
Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
1 month ago

Sunak and his tax dodging wife were living in Downing Street at our expense while both held US green cards. In applying for green cards one has to swear that the USA is your main residence and, if called up, that you will fight for the USA. To me that is treason but even if not they both swore to pay US taxes on all income anywhere in the world including what he earned as an MP and minister of the crown. I wonder if the IRS knows about this pair of weasels? We were never ever going to get… Read more »

Quornby
Quornby
1 month ago

Johnson could lie for Russia.

Gareth
Gareth
1 month ago
Reply to  Quornby

He did, it’s called brexit😀

Iorwerth ap Wyllt
Iorwerth ap Wyllt
1 month ago

I’m only shocked that they actually promised it in the first place, even though they inglished (reneged) out of their promise I still think that is progress that they promised it in the first place.

How many times can the tories say they thought about not leaving Wales worse off, let alone make a promise not to do it (ignoring the fact they wormed their way out of their words)

Quornby
Quornby
1 month ago

Tories break a promise? Well well, who’d have thought it?

hdavies15
hdavies15
1 month ago

Tories are masters of the arts of the expedient “promise”. Make one now to overcome an objection, then ditch it later and claim that circumstances have changed. Same old, same old.

Phil
Phil
1 month ago

Of course Boris was lying about the payments and when people tried to warn those who voted for Brexit that was what he was doing, they were accused of scaremongering….. remember?

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