EU Referendum #13 | Brussels Tour | “EU funding Has Transformed Wales” – Welsh Expat & Ex-Civil Servant In Agriculture & Economy, Andrew Aggett

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This series is being run by a young Brit who lived in Belgium for 19 years and now resides in Cardiff, known on theSprout as Ironfoot. The aim? To inform and involve other young people in this once-in-a-generation debate from many important and interesting perspectives.

The EU referendum is just around the corner and will decide the future fate for Britain on its European Union Membership, with team Brexit (British Exit) wanting to leave the EU and team Bremain (Pro–EU) wishing to stay. With less than a week to go, there are still a lot of questions to be answered, especially around British expats.

This article is one of the key interviews from my trip to Brussels (capital of Belgium), where I interviewed British expats about if they are affected by the EU Referendum and what their personal views are. Full interview below.


The Interview

The interview was with Welsh/UK expat Andrew Aggett, who spent many years working for the Welsh Assembly Government. He is now retired and is set to return to Wales in the next few months. Working as an ex-civil servant in Agriculture and Economy, he argues Wales should stay with the EU because Wales depends greatly on funding from the European Union.

Wales receives between £500 million to £1 billion a year on projects on agriculture, businesses, the arts, culture, and much more. He argues, “Wales had always been a very poor nation, but with the help of the EU funding it has transformed the country with jobs available and opportunities that hadn’t existed before.”

Apart from Andrew, he knows other UK/Welsh Expats who will be affected by the referendum and they are all worried what will happen to them after the 23rd June.

He declared he has the right to vote and he will definitely vote in this referendum.

(To watch the full interview please, watch the video.)

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EU Referendum #13 | Brussels Tour | “EU Funding Has Transformed Wales” – Welsh Expat & Ex-Civil Servant In Agriculture & Economy, Andrew Aggett

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