At 19:31 31/01/99 Gearo/id wrote:
>>>Are Welsh nationalists also planning on leaving the EU?
>>Absolutely not. The Welsh Nationalists expect much greater sympathy from
>>Europe than from Westminister. However, to maximise the relationship Wales
>>must be independent.
>Wouldn't proposals to limit the sale of property be in conflict with the
>EUs aims of free movement of capital & labour?
Remenmber that in matters of the law there are always exceptions to the rule
(eg Denmark). I also believe that in EU geographical terms, the housing area
in Wales we are talking about is not large, if indeed it is not miniscule.
Also, the reason behind any laws protecting Welsh local housing can be seen
to be a protection of a language/culture and not laws passed for any
commercial or racial advantage. As such, I believe the EU would be quite
sympathetic. However, as part of a British government it is doubtful that
any of these arguments will be made to the EU on Wales' behalf (such as not
pushing Welsh as an official language of the EU). In a worse case scenario
of the EU rejecting such housing laws, then we will just have to think
laterally (like Martin's example of Welsh advertising - although note
Gearo/id's counterpoint). A possible future scenario might be one where the
locals put pressure on newcomers to learn the local vernacular by refusing
to deal with them in English (remember the opposite is occuring whereby
newcomers refuse to learn Welsh).
Hwyl -- Mike.