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Legislative Consent: Trade Bill

This is a matter where the consent of the National Assembly for Wales is sought by the UK Government to legislate on an issue which could normally fall within the competence of the Assembly.


The Trade Bill is part of the framework being established to allow the UK to enter into trade deals with Third Countries that currently have such deals with the European Union.


The Bill was laid before the House of Commons by the UK Government on 7 November 2017 and completed the Committee Stage in the House of Commons 1 February 2018.


On 7 December 2017, the Welsh Government laid a Legislative Consent Memorandum in relation to the Trade Bill before the Assembly. Suggested amendments to the Bill were published by the Welsh Government on 18 January 2018. 


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.


The Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee  published its report on the Welsh Government’s Legislative Consent Memorandum on the Trade Bill (PDF, 293KB) on Friday 16 March 2018

Business type: Legislative Consent

Reason considered: Government Business;

Status: For consideration

First published: 12/12/2017

Decision due: Meeting Date by Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee, Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee, External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committee

Decision due: Meeting Date by Business Committee




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