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Present

  • Rt Hon. Mark Drakeford AM 
  • Jeremy Miles AM (Chair) 
  • Lesley Griffiths AM
  • Eluned Morgan AM
  • Julie James AM
  • Rebecca Evans AM
  • Ken Skates AM
  • Dafydd Elis-Thomas AM
  • Shan Morgan – Permanent Secretary
  • Piers Bisson – Director, European Transition
  • Simon Brindle – Director, Brexit Strategy
  • Carys Evans – Principal Private Secretary, First Minister
  • Gareth Williams – Special Adviser
  • Jane Runeckles – Special Adviser
  • Damian Roche – Cabinet Secretariat (minutes)
  • Sophie Jones – Cabinet Secretariat (minutes)
  • Toby Mason – Director of Communications
  • Reg Kilpatrick – Director Local Government
  • Georgina Haarhoff – Deputy Director, Policy
  • Liz Lalley – Deputy Director, European Transition Preparedness
  • Ed Sherriff – Deputy Director, European Transition (Negotiations)
  • Tom Smithson – Head of Trade Policy
  • Enfys Dixey – Head of Economic Competitiveness Policy
  • Victoria Minshall-Jones – Brexit Preparedness

Apologies

  • Kirsty Williams AM

Item 1: Minutes of the previous meeting

1.1. The minutes of the 4 November 2019 meeting were agreed.

Item 2: Update on developments

2.1 The Counsel General and Brexit Minister updated the Sub-Committee on recent discussions regarding post General Election ‘Brexit’ priorities, interdependencies across work streams, mobilisation of the Welsh Government in the event of a revived threat of a no deal Brexit and intergovernmental engagement.

2.2 Further updates included the IGR review, and progress on establishing dispute resolution mechanisms which was a modest step in the direction of the sort of wider constitutional reform including greater devolution of powers which we wished to see.

2.3 An update was also provided on Common Frameworks and the relation between these and discussions on the UK Internal Market: it was noted that the Welsh Government would need to ensure that key priorities within devolved competence were protected and promoted.

2.4 It was noted that the risk of a ‘no deal’ was low but could not be ruled out completely, at least until the result of the General Election on 12 December. The Sub-Committee agreed that work and preparations would need to continue in a pragmatic and proportionate way with the focus now inevitably moving to future trade negotiations.

Item 3: Trade policy

3.1 The Minister for International Relations and the Welsh Language introduced the paper, which covered the context and status of trade negotiations within broader Brexit discussions, including wider EU negotiations not directly linked to trade. The paper further explored the development of a Welsh framework of policy positions to inform negotiations.

3.2 The Sub-Committee noted the paper.

Item 4: UK Internal Market policy

4.1 The Counsel General and Brexit Minister and the Minister for Economy and Transport introduced the paper, which provided an update on the work to date on future UK Internal Market policy. The paper highlighted areas where issues had arisen during discussions with the UK government and other devolved administrations.

4.2 The Cabinet Sub-Committee noted the paper.

Item 5: Update on preparedness

5.1 The Counsel General and Brexit Minister introduced the paper, which provided an update on the continuing Brexit preparedness work.

5.2 The Sub-Committee noted the paper.

Item 6: Any other business

6.1 It was noted that a paper on the impact on vulnerable communities would be brought to a future Cabinet Sub-Committee meeting.

Cabinet Secretariat
December 2019

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