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Wales' future relationship with Europe

Response to the consultation

Evidence submitted in response to this Consultation

Purpose of the consultation


The External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committee agreed to look at Wales’s future relationship with the European Union.

The External Affairs Committee’s first phase of work, running from July 2016 to January 2017, focused on identifying the implications for Wales of leaving the European Union.

At the meeting of the European Council on 14 December 2017, the EU27 leaders agreed that sufficient progress has been achieved in the first phase of the Brexit negotiations.

On this basis, they adopted the draft guidelines to move to the second phase of negotiations where they will also start discussions on a transition period and the framework for the future relationship.

In light of these developments, the Committee agreed to launch and inquiry into Wales’s future relationship with the European Union. In terms of its approach, the Committee agreed to consolidate the work it has done to date and augment it with current stakeholder positions.

This is to enable effective scrutiny of the Welsh Government’s input into the negotiations and to ensure that the issues of most importance to Wales are being adequately represented in the negotiations.

Evidence Gathering

The External Affairs Committee invited written submissions that addressed the terms of reference and the objectives for the inquiry.

Submissions considered:

  • the Welsh Government’s position;
  • the Committee’s initial view, as expressed in its report Implications for Wales of exiting the European Union;
  • the UK Government’s position; and
  • the European Union’s position.


The deadline for submitting written evidence was Friday 9 February 2018.


Contact details

Should you wish to speak to someone regarding this consultation, please use the below contact details:

External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committee
Welsh Parliament
Cardiff Bay
CF99 1SN

Telephone: 0300 200 6565