The First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones has convened an extraordinary meeting of the British-Irish Council (BIC) to discuss the outcome of the EU referendum.
Today’s summit in Cardiff was called for by the First Minister to jointly consider the implications of Brexit for the Council and its members.
The meeting will be attended by leaders and Ministers from the eight BIC member administrations: the UK and Irish Governments, the devolved administrations of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and the governments of Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man.
The BIC was established under the Belfast Agreement of 1998, which set out the basis for the Northern Ireland peace process. The council develops links between the member administrations and provides a forum to exchange information and foster collaboration across the islands.
Speaking ahead of the Summit, Carwyn Jones said:
“I called for and convened this summit so leaders and Ministers from across Britain and Ireland have the opportunity to discuss the fundamental changes that will be brought about by the result of the EU referendum.
“The council plays a unique and important role in developing positive relationships between its members. During this tumultuous time, it is more important than ever to maintain the strength of this relationship and work together to map out a successful way forward.
“Wales remains an open, outward looking and welcoming nation, as well as a great place to do business. I look forward to meeting with representatives from the member administrations later today to discuss how we can present a positive, united message for all parts of our islands to the world.”