This page brings together the work of the Assembly in response to the UK Government's proposals for future trade, including the Trade Bill.
On 9 October 2017, the UK Government published Preparing for our future UK Trade Policy.
This policy paper sets out the UK Government's vision for a UK trade policy after it leaves the European Union.
The paper sets out five priorities for a new trading policy:
In relation to the role of devolved governments and legislatures in trade policies and agreements the paper states:
"We will ensure the way we develop our own trade policy is transparent and inclusive so that concerns are heard and understood, and the right facts are available. Parliament, the devolved administrations, devolved legislatures, local government, business, trade unions, civil society, consumers, employees and the public from every part of the UK will have the opportunity to engage with and contribute to our trade policy, to develop an approach which maximises the benefits felt across UK society and its regions."
On 7 November 2017, the UK Government introduced the Trade Bill to the House of Commons. This Bill provides:
The Bill will require the Assembly's legislative consent as it touches on devolved matters in a number of areas.
The External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committee - the Assembly's 'Brexit Committee' - gave some consideration to the implications of future UK trade policy for Wales during its first phase of work, culminating in its January 2017 report Implications for Wales of leaving the European Union (PDF, 1MB).
On the publication of the UK Government's policy paper, the Committee wrote to (PDF, 147KB) the Secretary of State for International Trade to seek more information about the role the UK Government envisages for the devolved legislatures. Other correspondence with the UK Government on trade can be viewed below.
The Welsh Government laid a Legislative Consent Memorandum on 7 December 2017. Subsequently, the External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committee published its report on the Trade Bill: legislative consent and other associated issues (PDF, 338KB) on Friday 9 March 2018.
The External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committee published its supplementary report: The Trade Bill - Second report on legislative consent and associated issues (PDF, 196KB) on Friday 8 March.
The National Assembly for Wales voted to give consent to the Trade Bill on 12 March 2019.
Consequently, the National Assembly voted in favour of the Bill being considered further by the UK Parliament.
The Committee put some questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Finance on the Trade Bill at its meeting on 20 November 2017. It also put questions to the First Minister of Wales at its meeting on 27 November 2017.
On Monday 4 December 2017, the Committee held a private seminar with three academics to explore the implications for Wales of the UK Government's future trade policy and the implications for Wales of the Trade Bill.
On Monday 12 February 2018, the External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committee held an evidence session with Ken Skates, Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Transport on the Trade Bill, the associated Welsh Government Legislative Consent Memorandum and the Welsh Government’s paper on Trade policy: Issues for Wales.
On Monday 12 March 2018, Committee Members received a presentation from Professor Nick Perdikis on his report: Modelling the Economic Impact of Brexit on the Welsh Economy
On 18 April 2018, the External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committee wrote to the Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Transport. The letter (PDF, 223KB) concerned reports that the UK Government had undertaken discussions with countries outside the European Union about future trade.
On Monday 14 May 2018, the External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committee held a scrutiny session with the First Minister for Wales. The session focused on the implications of UK trade policy and the EU Withdrawal Bill.
On Monday 15 October 2018, the External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committee held an evidence session with George Hollingbery MP, Minister of State for Trade Policy.
On Monday 12 November 2018, the External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committee held an informal private seminar with Dr Ludivine Petetin on the World Trade Organisation.
Information on the Committee’s scrutiny of international agreements can be found here.
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First published: 05/12/2017
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