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Welsh UKIP politician asks if Ireland could pay for Welsh road with EU funding

UKIP Welsh AM David Rowlands asked if Ireland could pay for a Welsh road using EU funding. (Picture: Plaid Cymru/Twitter)
UKIP Welsh AM David Rowlands asked if Ireland could pay for a Welsh road using EU funding. (Picture: Plaid Cymru/Twitter)

A WELSH UKIP politician asked if Ireland could pay for the upkeep of the M4 as Ireland has access to EU funding. 

David J Rowlands, a UKIP Assembly Man for the Welsh Assembly, asked First Minister Carwyn Jones if Ireland could bore the costs in a First Minister’s Questions yesterday.

In the run up to the Brexit vote, UKIP campaigned for a Leave vote, to exit the European Union.

In the clip posted on Twitter by Plaid Cymru, the Party of Wales political party, Mr Rowlands asks the First Minister to “explore” the possibility of Ireland paying for the M4.

“Will the First Minister explore the possibility of part of the cost for the M4 improvement scheme being borne by the Irish government?

“Given that three quarters of all Irish exports to the EU and UK pass along that road?”

First Minister Jones answered promptly: “No, it’s for the Welsh Government to maintain the trunk roads and motorways of Wales.”

In complete contrast to his party’s stance on the EU, Mr Rowlands then counters that Ireland has access to EU funding that could pay for the road.

“Well, I thank the First Minister for the answer but this is a serious proposition as I understand Ireland may be able to access funds from the Trans-European highways fund.”

Watch the baffling moment below

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Erica Doyle Higgins is a Digital Reporter with The Irish Post. You can follow her on Twitter @EDoyleHiggins

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