The people have spoken: housing in Wales post-elections and referendum

Following the May 2016 elections and vote to leave the EU, this briefing assesses the potential consequences of the new electoral and post-Brexit landscape for Wales.

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The people have spoken: housing in Wales post-elections and referendum

HQNs pre-election briefing for housing in Wales, published in March 2016, predicted that while Labour would receive the majority of the votes in the May 2016 elections, they would not have enough to form an effective majority and would have to rely on the support of Plaid Cymru. And so in May it came to pass. Granted there was time for some political histrionics over the election of the new first minister. But Labour and Plaid, realising how poorly this spat had played with the public, came to their senses and struck a short-term deal.

Any notions of political stability were shattered by the EU referendum result. Not only did the Brexiteers win, but Wales, despite receiving billions of pounds of European grants, voted no and almost mirrored exactly the 52/48% UK vote. There has been no shortage of speculation, if little agreement so far, on the impact of Brexit on Wales. This briefing assesses the potential consequences of the new electoral and post-Brexit landscape for the country.

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