Apart from the aspect of reducing “tribalism”, and increasing “mutuality”, which to my mind are the main reasons to stay in the EU, I list below some graphics and sources. Wales is in many ways similar to the Arab states as reported in the Economist Nov 14th 2015: Arab bureaucracies
…”The inefficiency of Arab bureaucracies matters to more than just frustrated citizens. The uprisings of 2010 that toppled regimes in the so-called Arab Spring were as much a cry for services as for democracy. Yet the governments replacing them have been even less efficient in many cases, raising the risks of further upheaval….” This is similar to UK health and the civil unrest that NHSreality is afraid of may only be prevented by bottom up action, as politicians have proved inept. Wales has 370,500 public employees and 1,017,800 private employees. So 24% of the workforce is public, but it is almost impossible to calculate their contribution to Welsh GDP, but since wages are low especially in the private sector, I guess somewhere between 15 and 20%…
Wales is poor but it would be a lot poorer without UK subsidy and EU subsidies. The latter may now be in the past as the newer countries will demand the lions share, but Wales needs England – badly. The graphics and below indicate the problem. Each should be linked and downloadable from site..
Read average income by constituency and the North South divide. (Citi-Data.com) Gross Domestic household income is below (GDHI) from the Office of National Statistics:
The UK Hourly pay differential is expressed below:
Wages in the UK as a percent of GDP are below: