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Present

  • Rt Hon. Mark Drakeford AM 
  • Jeremy Miles AM (Chair) 
  • Lesley Griffiths AM
  • Eluned Morgan AM
  • Rebecca Evans AM
  • Kirsty Williams AM
  • Hannah Blythyn AM
  • Lee Waters AM
  • Ken Skates AM
  • Shan Morgan, Permanent Secretary
  • Des Clifford, Director General, OFM
  • Piers Bisson, Director, European Transition
  • Simon Brindle, Director, Brexit Strategy
  • Carys Evans, Principal Private Secretary, First Minister
  • Will Whiteley, Deputy Director, Cabinet Division
  • Gareth Williams, Special Adviser
  • Jane Runeckles, Special Adviser
  • Andrew Johnson, Special Adviser
  • Dan Butler, Special Adviser
  • Damian Roche, Cabinet Secretariat (minutes)
  • Sophie Jones, Cabinet Secretariat
  • Toby Mason, Director of Communications
  • Reg Kilpatrick, Director Local Government
  • Liz Lalley, Deputy Director, European Transition (Preparedness)
  • Rob Parry, Deputy Director, European Transition (Legislation)
  • Ed Sherriff, Deputy Director, European Transition (Negotiations)
  • James Gerard, Deputy Director, Justice
  • Leon Griffiths, European Transition (Communications)

Item 1: Minutes of the previous meeting

1.1. The minutes of the 2 December meeting were agreed.

Item 2: Update on developments

2.1    The Counsel General and Brexit Minister updated the Committee on his recent meetings with the Secretary of State for Wales, the Secretary of State for Exiting the EU and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Michael Gove MP.

2.2    The Sub-Committee noted the update. 

Item 3: Update on Legislation

3.1    The Counsel General and Brexit Minister provided an update on the Withdrawal Agreement Bill. The government could not recommend that the Senedd give legislative consent to the Bill as introduced, given the implications for devolved competence. 

3.2    The Sub-Committee noted the update.

Item 4: Negotiating the Future UK / EU Relationship: Welsh Government Document

4.1    The Counsel General and Brexit Minister introduced the paper, which asked the Sub-Committee to agree publication of a document setting out how the Political Declaration on the future UK/EU relationship should be developed to protect Wales’ economic, social and environmental interests.

4.2    The Cabinet Sub-Committee agreed the paper.

Item 5: Update on preparedness

5.1    The Counsel General and Brexit Minister provided an update on Brexit preparedness work.

5.2    Following the Prime Minister’s statement, which confirmed the UK Government’s intention to stand down no deal planning, Operation Yellowhammer would not be put into operation prior to exit day on 31 January. 

5.3    The Counsel General and Brexit Minister took the opportunity to thank all staff involved in ‘no deal’ preparations. The last three years had seen an unprecedented set of circumstances and challenges, which the Welsh Government had repeatedly dealt with professionally and purposefully. 

5.4    The Sub-Committee noted the update. 

Item 6: Planning, Engagement and Communications for Exit Day

6.1    The Counsel General and Brexit Minister introduced the item, setting out the challenges that would be faced by moving to a new Brexit focus.

6.2    The Sub-Committee noted the update.

Item 7: Any other business

7.1    The Counsel General and Brexit Minister flagged the possibility that the Intergovernmental Relations Review (IGRR) could be signed off at the JMC(EN) scheduled for the end of January, which would include some improvements to dispute avoidance and resolution arrangements. A copy of the revised review would be shared with the committee as soon as possible.

Cabinet Secretariat
January 2020

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