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Wales’ future relationship with the European Union

Purpose of the consultation


The External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committee has 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 invites you to make a written submission that addresses the terms of reference and the objectives for the inquiry.

In preparing a submission, you may wish to consider:

  • 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.

If you have provided written evidence to one of the Committee’s prior inquiries, you are welcome to resubmit your evidence or make a new submission.

If you decide to resubmit evidence previously provided please indicate whether your position remains the same or if you wish to offer an updated position.

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

Providing Written Evidence

The National Assembly for Wales has two official languages, Welsh and English.

In line with the Assembly’s Official Languages Scheme, the Committee requests that documents or written responses to consultations intended for publication or use in National Assembly proceedings are submitted bilingually. When documents or written responses are not submitted bilingually, we will publish in the language submitted, stating that it has been received in that language only.

We expect other organisations to implement their own standards or schemes and to comply with their statutory obligation.

Please see guidance for those providing evidence for committees.

Disclosure of information

Please ensure that you have considered the Assembly’s policy on disclosure of information before submitting information to the Committee.

Contact details

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

External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committee
National Assembly for Wales
Cardiff Bay
CF99 1NA

Telephone: 0300 200 6565



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