Responsibilities of Counsel General and Brexit Minister
Jeremy Miles was born and brought up in Pontarddulais. As a Welsh speaker, he was educated at Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera in the Swansea Valley and New College, Oxford where he studied law. Straight after graduating, Jeremy taught law at Warsaw University in Poland. Later, he practised as a solicitor in London and then held senior legal and commercial posts in media sector businesses, including ITV and the US television network and film studio NBC Universal. After returning to live in Wales he set up his own consultancy working with international clients in the broadcast and digital sectors.
Jeremy was elected to the National Assembly for Wales for the Neath constituency in May 2016 as the Labour and Co-operative party candidate, following the retirement of Gwenda Thomas AM. On 13 December 2018 Jeremy was appointed Counsel General Designate and Minister for Brexit.
His interests include economic and community development, and education and skills. He also enjoys film, reading, cooking, hiking, cycling and following rugby locally.
- Provision of legal advice to the Government
- Oversight of the work of the Legal Services Department and Office of the Legislative Counsel
- Oversight of prosecutions on behalf of the Welsh Government
- Oversight of representation of the Welsh Government in the courts
- Consideration of whether Bills passed by the Assembly need to be referred to the Supreme Court for determination as to whether they are within the Assembly’s competence (exercised independently of Government)
- Performance of other functions in the public interest including, where the Counsel General considers it appropriate, institute, defend or appear in any legal proceedings relating to functions of the Welsh Government (exercised independently of government)
- Liaison with the Legal Sector
- Accessibility of Welsh law
- EU Exit*
- Oversight of legislation related to exiting the EU*
- EU structural funds excluding CAP*
- Shared Prosperity Fund*
- Chairing the Cabinet Sub-Committee on European Transition*
NB As the Counsel General is not a Welsh Minister appointed under s48 GOWA the Counsel General cannot exercise powers conferred on the Welsh Ministers. The Brexit policy roles involve policy advice, ensuring effective coordination and consistency approach within the Welsh Government, advocacy and representation in negotiations and discussions with UK government, DAs, Europe and wider stakeholders, and oversight of WEFO (where under established agency arrangements decisions are taken by staff of the Welsh Government). Any matter requiring a formal decision of the Welsh Ministers under a statutory power will be exercised by the First Minister or a nominated portfolio Minister.