“If you want to know more about the arguments then you need to be at these debates”. That’s according to Alan Davies, Managing Director FUW. “We know that there’s a lot of noise about EU and the referendum and a lot of that noise is ill informed. That is why we are planning a series of debates around the country to help inform members of the benefits of staying in the EU.”
The first debate will take place in Aberystwyth on Friday 18 March at 3 pm, after a meeting of the Union’s Grand Council, and is open to all, and not just members. “We’ve been really fortunate to get two political heavyweights with a great understanding of Wales and the importance of agriculture in Wales: Lord Dafydd Wigley from the ‘Stronger in Europe’ campaign and David Jones MP, a former Secretary of State for Wales. Both sides will have an opportunity to make statements and then respond to a series of questions from the audience.”
Later in the year, after the elections to the National Assembly for Wales, there will be a further round of debates, in a similar style which will help members get a better view of the challenges and issues associated with the referendum.
“It’s well recognised that we’ve been a long-standing supporter of ongoing membership of the EU, and whilst we don’t anticipate that changing, we should always seek to widen our understanding whenever possible” said Glyn Roberts, the FUW President. “We are committed to providing as much information as possible to our members in order for them to make a fully informed decision on June 23rd.
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