Cynulliad Cenedlaethol Cymru / National Assembly for Wales

Y Pwyllgor Materion Allanol a Deddfwriaeth Ychwanegol / The External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committee

Bil y Diddymu Mawr / The Great Repeal Bill

EAAL(5) GRB 10

Ymateb gan Gymdeithas Llywodraeth Leol Cymru / Evidence from the Welsh Local Government Association



UK Government’s White Paper on the Great Repeal Bill and its implications for Wales consultation


Following the Local Elections held on the 4th of May, we are currently awaiting the outcome of individual Local Authorities’ Annual General Meetings prior to the WLGA AGM to be held on Friday the 23rd of June to determine our political make-up, including the nomination and approval of the Association’s political leadership and spokespeople. Due to this, we wish to submit this brief officer response to this consultation highlighting the key issues for Welsh local government in relation to the UK Government’s Great Repeal Bill White Paper.


We welcome the opportunity to respond to this consultation by the committee and look forward to further engagement with the committee on this, and other key aspects of the implications of Brexit for Wales.


As the sphere of government that implements around 60% of all EU legislation local government has a key interest in determining new arrangements, both at the UK and Wales level, that will need to be put in place as we exit the European Union. We are of the view that the following key principles should guide the process of repatriating powers from the EU:


Respect current devolution settlements across the UK


Greater devolution to local and regional levels


Developing a new legal base for local government


·         Procurement

·         State Aid

·         Environment, Waste & Planning

·         Regulatory Services

·         Transport

·         Employment & Workforce

·         Finance & Data

·         Economic Development & Skills

·         Agriculture and Rural Development.


The Welsh Government has involved local government in the planning for new arrangements in the field of Environment, Agriculture and Rural Affairs via the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths AM’s roundtable discussions and working groups with key stakeholders. There have also been some initial discussions between the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government, Mark Drakeford AM, and key stakeholders such as local government on future Regional Economic Development Policy. However, we have yet to be approached for our input into arrangements for other key areas of interest for local government.


We are working closely with colleagues from other UK Local Government Associations (LGA, COSLA, NILGA) on the development of UK wide issues of interest for local government, and, through this, directly with the UK Government’s Department for Exiting the EU. Through this work we have already highlighted to the UK Government the key policy areas above where local government needs to be centrally involved in developing new arrangements and have been invited by them to develop further details under each area for further discussions. We will be re-engaging with the UK Government to progress this area of work following the General Election on the 8th of June.




Involvement of local government in developing and scrutinising secondary legislation


Place-based impact of Brexit



We look forward to engaging further with the important work of your committee as the implications of Brexit for Wales become clearer as the negotiations intensify during the next two years.


Please let us know if you require any further information or clarification from us at this stage.