- Rt Hon. Mark Drakeford AM
- Jeremy Miles AM (Chair)
- Lesley Griffiths AM
- Ken Skates AM
- Eluned Morgan AM
- Vaughan Gething AM
- Rebecca Evans AM
- Kirsty Williams AM
- Jane Hutt AM
- Des Clifford – Director General, OFM
- Piers Bisson – Director, European Transition
- Simon Brindle – Director, Brexit Strategy
- Will Whiteley – Head of Cabinet Division
- Carys Evans – Principal Private Secretary, First Minister
- Dan Butler – Special Adviser
- Andrew Johnson – Special Adviser
- Alex Bevan – Special Adviser
- Damian Roche – Cabinet Secretariat (minutes)
- Christopher Morgan – Cabinet Secretariat
- Toby Mason – Director of Communications
- Jo Salway – Head of Cabinet Office
- Alyson Francis – Deputy Director Communities Division
Item 1: Community cohesion
1.1 The Deputy Minister and Chief Whip introduced the paper, which highlighted the negative impact on communities that Brexit had caused. The rhetoric and disagreements surrounding EU Withdrawal threatened to exacerbate divisions, undermining community cohesion and increasing the risk of hate crime.
1.2 It was noted that a number of projects were in place to minimise and mitigate risks as the anticipated withdrawal date approached.
1.3 Immediate risks included the possibility of a spike in hate crime at the time of withdrawal. It was noted that the ‘National Hate Crime Report and Support Service’ had been boosted by EU funding, in order to be able to respond to an increase in incident reporting and provide support for victims.
1.4 It was reported that Community Cohesion Coordinator teams had been expanded and officials were working closely with them, so that any emerging issues and rising tensions were flagged at an early stage. Funding had also been provided to grassroots organisations who worked closely with minority ethnic groups who were particularly at risk from hate crime.
1.5 The Sub-Committee noted the paper.
Item 2: No deal preparedness
2.1 The Counsel General and Brexit Minister provided an update on recent progress in no deal preparations and discussions where Welsh Government Ministers had been invited to the UK government’s XO Committee.
Item 3: Update on developments
3.1 The Sub-Committee noted the update.