First Minister using Brexit as a smokescreen to conceal a lack of ideas

Responding to the First Minister’s statement – Priorities for Government – the Leader of the Welsh Conservatives, Andrew RT Davies, has today said:


"Instead of prevaricating, and using the Brexit vote as an excuse for a lack of ideas, the First Minister should get on with laying down his Programme for Government.


"We know that the Brexit negotiations will take as many as two years to complete, and that during this period there will be no change in the levels funding received. We will continue to pay into the EU and we will continue to draw funding for European schemes.


"In fact, senior Ministers have already guaranteed EU money until at least 2020 and they have also been clear that Wales will not lose out.


"The reality, therefore, is that the First Minister is in danger of appearing as though he is using the EU referendum as a smokescreen to conceal the fact that his government has little to say on the real issues faced by Welsh communities everyday; such as the Welsh NHS, declining education standards, and the need to kick start the Welsh economy.


"Like their Labour colleagues in London, the Welsh Government seem to be suffering from a lack of direction, a lack of leadership, and a lack of ideas."