‘We haven’t yet convinced’ people to change their minds on EU, Drakeford tells ‘Stop Brexit!’ man
Mark Drakeford remains unconvinced that people who voted for Brexit have changed their minds about leaving the EU, he has said.
Speaking with Port Talbot activist Steven Bray – better known as the ‘Stop Brexit!’ man – outside the Labour conference in Brighton, he said that there was still a “job to do” in showing people that the current problems were linked to Brexit.
Asked how Brexit was going to affect Wales, he answered: “In all the ways we have predicted, I’m afraid.”
But challenged on Labour’s silence on the issue as an opposition party at Westminster he said that people needed to realise the impact of Brexit before the UK Government could be effectively challenged on it.
“When you talk to people who voted to leave the European Union in Wales, I couldn’t say that we have yet convinced them that the consequences are such that they will be changing their minds,” he said.
“So I don’t think it is a matter of saying something quickly or doing something immediately.”
I managed to get a few words with Mark Drakeford Welsh First Minister just now at the Labour Party conference. pic.twitter.com/GGgzl9lfNu
— Steve Bray It’s time we removed this corrupt gov. (@snb19692) September 27, 2021
Told that the people of Port Talbot will be paying for the Brexit disaster, he asked: “Do you think the people of Port Talbot have come to that decision themselves yet?”
Steven Bray said they were “realising slowly”.
Mark Drakeford said: “It is a matter of having those conversations with people to allow them to see what we see.”
Wales voted to leave by a majority of 52% to 48% in the 2016 referendum, with Port Talbot voting to leave by 56.8% to 43.2%.