David Lidington, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, and Carwyn Jones, the First Minister of Wales, have discussed the progress being made with the Brexit talks, with Lidington saying that progress has been made. The talks were also attended by Alun Cairns, the Secretary of State for Wales, and Mark Drakeford, a Welsh Government Minister.
Lidington said in a statement:
“I would like to thank Carwyn and the Welsh Government for their constructive approach on the EU Withdrawal Bill. We both agree it is absolutely essential that all parts of the UK are ready for the day that we leave the EU. We need to protect the benefits of the UK internal market, making sure that there are no new barriers to living and doing business for people in Wales and other parts of the UK on the day we leave the EU. And as we’ve always been clear on, we expect that as powers are returned from the EU a substantial number will transfer directly to the Welsh Government.
We want to do all of this in a way that takes account of the concerns that have been expressed by the Welsh Government. We have had a helpful discussion today and I am encouraged that we can make progress in trying to find an agreed way forward on the EU Withdrawal Bill. Ministers and officials from both Governments will continue to work closely on these issues over the coming weeks”.
Jones said on Twitter:
“Continued to press UK Government on flawed EU Withdrawal Bill – helpful signals today from David Lidington but we still need firm action”.