Confidence Over Talks on EU Withdrawal Bill

Mark Drakeford, Carwyn Jones, Alun Cairns and Damian Green meet in the House of Commons.

Ministers meet in London to discuss Brexit issues

First Secretary of State Damian Green and Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns are confident that talks with Welsh Government Ministers on the EU Withdrawal Bill mean they will be able to agree the next steps forward.

Damian Green and Alun Cairns were joined in the House of Commons by Wales First Minister Carwyn Jones AM and Secretary for Finance and Local Government Mark Drakeford.   

Mr Green said: 'I am very pleased that we had a constructive meeting where we discussed the details of making the Brexit process work in practice while preserving the devolution settlement.

'We will meet again at the Joint Ministerial Committee on Monday, where I'm hopeful we will take significant steps forward on agreeing the principles on which we will make the Withdrawal Bill work for everyone in the UK.'

A statement from the meeting says: 

"The First Minister set out the clear rationale for the Welsh Government's continuing opposition to the EU Withdrawal Bill as currently drafted. There is little between the administrations in what the end goal should be with this legislation - certainty, continuity for business and a properly functioning UK single market. There was recognition from the UK Government about the need to work together to achieve this goal. Clearly there is little expectation that the Bill will survive in its current form as it passes through Parliament, and we remain hopeful that the UK Government will come to support the required changes. 

"Brexit requires a fundamental rethink on how the four nations of the UK work together, and our position remains that we are committed to providing positive and innovative solutions to the challenges ahead. We want to see more willingness from the UK Government to join us in that effort.

"Importantly, there was a commitment to have more regular and purposeful meetings of the Joint Ministerial Committee (EN). These will be chaired by the First Secretary of State on a permanent basis." 

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