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UK Government's trade union plans to face challenge in Wales.

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The Government's controversial Trade Union Act, which will impose major restrictions on unions, is set to face a challenge in Wales.

A new law to remove the "harmful reforms" to the rights of workers in Wales' devolved public services is to be introduced by the Welsh Government during the first year of the fifth Assembly, First Minister, Carwyn Jones will announce today, sources told the Press Association.

One of the main elements of the legislation is to ensure that industrial action only goes ahead when there has been a ballot turnout of at least 50%.

In important public services, including health, education, transport, border security and the fire service, an additional threshold of 40% of support to take industrial action from all eligible members must be met for action to be legal.

The exact timing of when the Act comes into force has yet to be worked out, but parts of it could be derailed in Wales.Labour's manifesto for the Assembly elections in May committed the party to campaign to repeal parts of the legislation dealing with devolved areas, such as public services.

Coleman believes Belgium will be under pressure to beat Wales.

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Wales manager Chris Coleman believes all the pressure is on Belgium in their Euro 2016 quarter-final clash.

The two nations will meet in Lille on Friday night, just a few miles from the Belgian border, and Wales supporters are expected to be heavily outnumbered in northern France.

But Coleman thinks that will bring the best out of Wales as they seek to repeat their memorable 1-0 victory over Belgium in qualifying for this competition.

We're good normally in that situation when we're right up against it. When we have to stand up to the challenge we do. Belgium will be the fancied team and they are right on their own doorstep, but it's something we can use as an advantage to ourselves.

I think Belgium have to produce with the team they have got. It's not getting out of the group stages for them, but getting to a semi-final or final. I am not saying anything that Marc (Wilmots, Belgium coach) doesn't know. Our pressure is different.

– Chris Coleman, Wales Manager

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Call for Tory leader to have Brexit role rebuffed by Welsh Govt

There's been a swift rebuff from the Welsh Government for a call to give Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies the chair of a committee advising the Welsh Government on Brexit.

The chair of Vote Leave in Wales, the former Welsh Secretary David Jones had suggested that as Carwyn Jones proved to be out of touch with Welsh opinion on leaving the European Union, the First Minister should turn to Mr Davies for advice.

The proposal produced an unusually swift -and blunt- rejection by the Welsh Government.

We don’t see any merit in this idea. The Welsh Government will work through the consequences of the vote in good faith in the interests of the people of Wales. The National Assembly for Wales is in the process of seeing up a new, more open and transparent Committee structure and the consequences of the Brexit vote will no doubt feature heavily on upcoming agendas.

– Welsh Government Spokesperson

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Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood says her party must now campaign for Welsh independence

Leanne Wood made her call for independence in an interview for tonight's Wales at Six Credit: ITV News Cymru Wales

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood says her party must now campaign for Welsh independence, rather than be part of a UK outside the European Union. In an exclusive interview with ITV Cymru Wales Political Editor Adrian Masters, she's revealed that she's calling a special party conference to prioritise a campaign for Welsh independence.

Even though this situation was not of our making, Plaid Cymru believes that redesigning the current UK is the only option. A new union of independent nations working together for the common good.

This is a huge challenge that we face. All of us, whether we voted in or out should be prepared to be bold and confident in being able to forge a new, strong, inclusive, outward-looking future for our nation.

– Plaid Cymru Leader Leanne Wood AM

Until now, Plaid has only regarded an independent Wales as a long term aim but Leanne Wood argues that the vote to leave the European Union has "changed everything". She argues that as Scotland and Northern Ireland could leave the UK, Wales must not become what she calls "a forgotten part of a right wing England and Wales".

Opinion polls have rarely shown support for independence above 10% and Leanne Wood acknowledges that she's setting her party a huge task. She also claims that as an independent nation, the Welsh people would want to be part of the EU, although there was a majority in Wales for UK withdrawal.

  • You can see Leanne Wood's interview with Adrian Masters on Wales at Six at 6pm on ITV Cymru Wales.

Appeal after donation box stolen from counter top

Police are appealing for information after a donation box was stolen from a counter in Abergavenny.

Police would like to identify this man. Credit: Gwent Police

Gwent Police says the theft happened at around 9:50am on the 18th June the tourist information centre on Monk Streety.

The offender is being described at approximately 5ft 8 to 9 inches tall, of a thin build with a dark beard.

Anyone with any information is asked to call 101.

Vote Leave says Tory leader should head Welsh response to Brexit

Former Welsh Secretary David Jones, who led the Vote Leave campaign in Wales, says Carwyn Jones and Leanne Wood should both support making Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies the chair of a committee in charge of shaping Wales' response to the Brexit vote.

The result of the referendum highlighted just how out of step the First Minister and Leader of the opposition were with the people they represent on this issue.

That’s why I would urge the First Minister to be gracious in defeat, and establish an advisory committee of AMs to drive forward Wales’ response to the referendum result.

Andrew RT Davies could potentially be an ideal candidate to chair such a committee, having taking the brave step of backing the campaign to leave the EU, and I’m sure that he would have the support of other leave campaigners here in Wales – including those in UKIP who also played such an influential role in the campaign.

– Vote Leave Cymru Chair David Jones MP

David Jones says Mr Davies could complement "rather than seeking to usurp" the role of the Welsh Government. Meanwhile the First Minister has demanded assurances that the Leave campaign's promise to safeguard aid to Wales will be kept.

One of the most immediate concerns facing us as a government is the future of around half a billion pounds a year which Wales currently receives from the EU to support our farming industry and to bring greater prosperity to some of our most deprived communities.

During the referendum campaign, the Leave side made cast iron promises that this money would continue to come to Wales in the event of a vote to leave the EU. I have today written to the Prime Minister asking him to confirm that every penny of this funding is safe.

We require this funding assurance immediately, as there are hundreds of vital EU-funded projects right across Wales whose future is now in the balance unless that funding guarantee is given. Let me be absolutely clear. These projects are designed to improve people’s lives, their environment and the infrastructure they rely on every day, and we are proud of what they have already delivered. But if that pledge is not honoured by the UK Government, it will have a devastating effect on our budgets, already stretched through years of austerity, and facing billions more in cuts as a result. It will make the difficult decisions we already face even harder. So it is critical there is a positive response to my letter, and I will make it public as soon as receive it.

– First Minister Carwyn Jones AM

The First Minister said that the Wel;sh Government would base a team of civil servants in Brussels to explore independently of the UK Government how Welsh priorities can be taken forward directly with the EU. He said he also expected Welsh Government participation in the UK Government’s Brexit negotiations.

Cairns moves to calm Brexit fears but warns of challenges ahead

Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns has issued a statement aimed at calming the fears of Welsh businesses and other organisations affected by Britain's decision to leave the European Union. He emphasised that there will be no sudden change, as the UK remains a full member of the EU for now and European projects currently underway are not affected.

The voters of Britain have made their wishes clear and we respect that decision. We must show confidence in our resilience and work together in the most effective way during this transitional period.

Of course there are going to be challenges. Funding and support will inevitably be delivered in different ways in the future. This week I am meeting leaders from business, the unions, agriculture, universities and many other areas to understand their priorities and discuss how I can address their concerns. I am also talking to the UK trade and industry department about trade opportunities for Wales beyond Europe.

The Welsh economy is in robust form because the UK Government fixed the roof when the sun was shining. The jobs market in Wales is outperforming the rest of the country and we have an increasingly dynamic business sector.

The business of Government goes on and the priority is to ensure the UK is in the best possible shape for when the new Prime Minister begins the formal process of leaving the European Union.

I have absolute confidence in our great nation and I will ensure that the voice of Wales is clearly heard right at the heart of Government as we take our next steps in this momentous process.

– Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns MP
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