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Impact of Brexit on Welsh devolution discussed

17 October 2017

The Welsh Affairs Committee questions Professor Richard Rawlings in the first session of the Brexit: agriculture, trade and the repatriation of powers inquiry.

Brexit and Welsh devolution

The Welsh Affairs Committee meets for the first session of its re-launched and re-focused inquiry into the implications of the European Union (EU) referendum result.

On Tuesday 17th October at 4.15pm, the Committee questions Richard Rawlings, a Professor of Public Law at University College London.

The session focuses on the EU (Withdrawal) Bill, its impact on the Welsh devolution settlement and possible changes to policy frameworks following Brexit.

The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill states that once the UK leaves the EU powers in devolved areas currently held by Brussels will return to Westminster, not the devolved nations. The UK Government explains this as a way of continuing existing restrictions while decisions are taken on where common policy approaches are needed. The Committee will examine the implications of the Bill (as drafted) for the Welsh devolution settlement. 

Chair's comments

Ahead of Tuesday's evidence session, Committee Chair David T.C. Davies said:

"With the EU (Withdrawal) Bill currently making its way through Parliament, the possible implications for the current devolution settlement in Wales, particularly in relation to retaining and correcting EU law, devolved competences and legislative powers, common frameworks and inter-governmental relations, and legislative consent is the subject of much discussion. The Committee looks forward to hearing from Professor Rawlings, a noted expert on matters relating to Welsh devolution, as we examine what a post-Brexit settlement might look like." 

Purpose of the inquiry

The inquiry seeks to address the following points:

  • The implications for the Welsh devolution settlement of the EU (Withdrawal) Bill as drafted.
  • UK-wide policy making: which EU competencies should be transferred to the National Assembly for Wales after Brexit? How should UK-wide common policy frameworks be structured, and what inter-parliamentary mechanisms would be needed to scrutinise such frameworks? 
  • How should agricultural funding be allocated in Wales post-Brexit? Should Wales develop its own policy or be part of a wider UK policy?
  • What are the current mechanisms for engagement between the devolved administrations and the UK Government on trading matters?
  • What are the challenges facing agricultural trade in Wales when the UK leaves the EU? How should the level of trade and export of Welsh food and drink be protected and maintained?  

Call for written submissions

If you are interested in contributing to the inquiry please limit responses to 3,000 words. Submissions should focus on key areas that the Committee is investigating during its inquiry.

The deadline for written submissions is 31 October 2017.

Further information

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