Present

  • Rt Hon. Mark Drakeford AM
  • Jeremy Miles AM (Chair)
  • Rebecca Evans AM
  • Lesley Griffiths AM
  • Julie James AM
  • Kirsty Williams AM
  • Ken Skates AM
  • Eluned Morgan AM
  • Jane Hutt AM
  • Lee Waters AM
  • Hannah Blythyn 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
  • Gareth Williams – Special Adviser
  • Tom Woodward – Special Adviser
  • Andrew Johnson – Special Adviser
  • Jane Runeckles – Special Adviser
  • Paul Griffiths – Special Adviser
  • Damian Roche – Cabinet, Plenary and Committee Secretariat (minutes)
  • Liz Lalley – Deputy Director, Preparedness
  • Reg Kilpatrick – Director Local Government
  • Tim Render – Director Land, Nature and Food
  • Mark Alexander – Deputy Director LNF
  • Owain Evans – LNF
  • Maria Richards – LNF
  • Toby Mason – Director of Communications
  • Leon Griffiths – European Transition
  • Peredur John – European Transition

Apologies

  • Vaughan Gething AM

Item 1: Update on developments – Oral item

1.1 The Counsel General and Brexit Minister opened the meeting by advising the Sub-Committee that the overview No Deal Action Plan, discussed at the previous meeting, had been published. Ministers and officials were thanked for the work that had gone in to finalising the plan.

1.2 It was reported that the Counsel General and Brexit Minister had attended the UKG Exit Operations Committee (XO) the previous week.

1.3 JMC (EN) had also taken place the previous week, the first under the Boris Johnson government, preceded by a tri-lateral with Michael Gove MP and Mike Russell MSP.

1.4 The Sub-Committee noted the latest position in relation to the Supreme Court case against the prorogation of Parliament, which was due to be heard during the course of the week. This followed the Scottish Court’s judgement, which went against the UK government.

1.5 The First Minister had attended EAAL Committee earlier that day to discuss other Brexit developments over the summer and the Counsel General had attended CLAC in relation to legislative and constitutional issues arising from Brexit.

1.6 On Education, it was reported that Jo Johnson had resigned over the summer and the HE Brexit group had met to mainly discuss data and preparations for a ‘no deal’ Brexit.

Item 2a: Preparedness update

2.1 The Counsel General and Brexit Minister introduced the item.

2.2 The Sub-Committee agreed that an enormous amount of work had gone into the Action Plan over the summer and thanked officials for that work.

2.3 The Sub-Committee noted the update.

Item 2b: No Deal Preparedness – Sheep sector impact

2.4 The Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs introduced the paper by referring to the potential immediate and significant impact of a ‘no deal’ Brexit on the sheep sector in Wales.

2.5 The proposal to mitigate the immediate impact was for a scheme to be put in place to support the sector, in collaboration with the UK Government and other devolved governments.

2.6 The Sub-Committee noted the paper.

Item 3: Communications

3.1 The Counsel General and Brexit Minister invited the Director of Communications, Toby Mason, to outline the communications plan for a ‘no deal’ Brexit.

3.2 Welsh Government communications would focus on continuing to warn about the impact of a ‘no deal’ Brexit, whilst simultaneously demonstrating the leadership role and action being taken by Welsh Government to prepare for such a scenario.

3.3 Significant engagement with stakeholders had taken place over recent months in order to urge businesses and public sector bodies to prepare for ‘no deal’. In addition, all ministers were developing a full programme of engagement with partners prior to and in the immediate aftermath of a ‘no deal’ Brexit, should that be the outcome.

3.4 The Sub-Committee noted the paper and plan.

Cabinet Secretariat
September 2019