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Speaking in a parliamentary debate on 16th June on the economic benefits of remaining in the EU, Torfaen MP Nick Thomas-Symonds slammed the latest claims from Vote Leave that they would continue to match EU funding to Wales if Britain leaves the EU.
Commenting on a speech from fellow Labour MP Phil Wilson the Torfaen MP said: “My constituency of Torfaen, like his constituency of Sedgefield, benefits tremendously from European Social Fund money. Does he agree with me that it simply isn’t credible for the leave campaign to simply say one day “we will replace that money” without any sense of where they will get that from?”
Mr Wilson agreed, saying: “The Leave campaign have said don’t worry about it, they can pick up the tab… Don’t listen to them, they can’t do it. It’s the biggest con ever.”
Earlier this week thirteen Government ministers and senior Tory figures including Iain Duncan Smith, Michael Gove and Priti Patel signed a letter claiming that every region and recipient of EU funding would continue to get the money if the country votes to leave the EU on June 23.
Former Welsh Secretary Peter Hain and former Chancellor Alasdair Darling both spoke out against the claims, with Darling pointing out that the IFS have said that Brexit would lead to a £40bn black hole in the public finances and highlighting that the Leave campaign have been caught pledging their claimed saving ten times over.
Speaking after the debate Mr Thomas-Symonds commented further, saying: “The Leave campaign are trying to spin a dangerous fantasy to the people of Wales. The only way to guarantee the £1.8bn of EU funding for Wales is to remain in the EU. I hope the Welsh people know better than to trust people like Iain Duncan Smith and Michael Gove who have brought such misery to Wales with their vicious cuts and disastrous policies like the Bedroom Tax.”