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How will Brexit impact on Wales and Northern Ireland? Lords to ask Welsh Government, former ministers and DUP representatives

The House of Lords EU Committee will this week continue its inquiry into the impact of Brexit on devolution with evidence from leading politicians from Wales and Northern Ireland.

Giving evidence to the Committee will be:

16:00 Tuesday 14 March, Committee Room 3 of the House of Lords

  • Sammy Wilson MP, Democratic Unionist Party

09:30 Wednesday 15 March, Committee Room 4A of the House of Lords

  • Lord Hain – former Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (2005-2007) and  Secretary of State for Wales (2009-2010)
  • Lord Hunt of Wirral –former Secretary of State for Wales (1990-1993)
  • Lord Wigley – former Leader of Plaid Cymru (1981-1984 and 1991-2000)

11:00 Wednesday 15 March, Committee Room 4A of the House of Lords

  • Mark Drakeford AM, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government, Welsh Government (via videolink)

The session with Mr Wilson will cover the benefits the DUP believe Brexit will bring to Northern Ireland, whether it is possible for the particular circumstances facing Northern Ireland to be taken into account in the Brexit negotiations, and the possible impact of Brexit on the status of the land border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Lord Hain, Lord Hunt and Lord Wigley will be asked whether it will be possible for the Prime Minister to respect the referendum result while taking into account the views of the devolved administrations, what EU powers returning to the UK should be devolved to Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and whether the existing mechanisms for dialogue between Westminster and the devolved administrations are sufficient to cope with the challenges of Brexit.

In the session with Mr Drakeford, the Committee will explore how the loss of  €670m EU funding to Wales can be replaced, the role for devolved legislatures in relation to the forthcoming Great Repeal Bill and whether the UK Government is doing enough to engage the devolved administrations ahead of the Brexit negotiations.

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