Scots and Welsh MEPs Back "Lion And Dragon" Bid for Euro 2016

05 December 2008
Plaid Cymru Member of the European Parliament Ms Jill Evans and group colleague SNP MEP Mr Alyn Smith have today (Friday) thrown their weight behind the prospect of a joint Scottish and Welsh bid to host football's European Championships in 2016.

The pair have written, jointly, to thePresidents of the Scottish and Welsh Football Associations in advance of talks between those bodies to thrash out the details of a prospective bid. The SNP and Plaid Cymru co-operate in both the European and London Parliaments, sharing staff and facilities.

Speaking from Brussels, Alyn Smith said:

"We're used enough to the camaraderie that the Rugby generates and this is a great chance to showcase both our countries to the rest of Europe. Joint bids are the way of the future for UEFA and I like the fact that there is an actual need for co-operation. The Scots and the Welsh havealready been working together for years and this is another extension of that.

"We know from our own experience in the European Parliament that working together gets results, and I think it is only right we stress that any Scottish-Welsh bid will have our full support."

Jill Evans added:

"This is a great chance for the Celts to shine, we know from our own experience that we can work together well and it is only right that two such passionate footballing nations work together to host the championships."