First 'openly Brexit' Welsh think tank launches

Matthew Mackinnon and Llyr Powell, co-directors of the new think tank Credit: ITV News, Adrian Masters

A new Welsh think-tank has been launched promising 'a positive vision for Wales outside the European Union.'

Those behind the new Centre for Welsh Studies say they will challenge what they call 'the current political establishment' in Wales. In their launch document they say that,

For far too long ordinary people have felt alienated from the political establishment in Cardiff Bay. The Centre for Wales will work with the people of Wales and institutions all over the globe. From businesses, governments, charities, communities and campaigns fro a truly global Wales in which all can share in its prosperity. We are the only Welsh think tank ready to cater for the seismic political realignment already underway. It's time to empower the individual.

Llyr Powell and Matthew Mackinnon

The co-directors, Llyr Powell and Matthew Mackinnon come from UKIP and Conservative backgrounds respectively.

Llyr Powell has been a UKIP candidate and works for the party's MEP Nathan Gill who sits in the Assembly as an independent AM.

Matthew Mackinnon was the director of the Vote Leave organisation in Wales.

Conservative MP David TC Davies and Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies were showing their support at today's launch in Cardiff Bay.

The directors say they have an advisory board made up of UKIP, Conservative and Independent political figures.

The Centre for Wales website is here.