Brexit an “opportunity to strengthen the UK”

15 June 2017, 09:18

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The Welsh Government is calling for a major "constitutional reconstruction" in order to meet the challenges Brexit poses for the devolved nations and the country as a whole.

The First Minister of Wales is calling for the “inadequate” Joint Ministerial Committee to be replaced with a new UK Council of Ministers and for a Convention on the future of the UK.

Carwyn Jones says that while leaving the EU has the potential to destabilise the United Kingdom, it also offers the opportunity for reinvention:

“Leaving the European Union is the biggest challenge facing the United Kingdom, a challenge thrown into even sharper relief by the outcome of the General Election

“Decisions taken now will affect Wales for decades to come.

“Our ability to trade, travel, attract investment, determine policies, legislate, support our countryside, invest in our regions - all of these will be influenced by how we leave the EU.”

The policy document sets out a blueprint for constitutional renewal and proposes replacing the current Joint Ministerial Committee with a UK Council of Ministers, so the four administrations, England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, would meet regularly in a variety of formats to negotiate common rules and frameworks, stating:

“As an administration committed to both the Union and devolution, we consider that all options should be on the table, in order to preserve and foster unity for the UK while guaranteeing the diversity of its constituent nations.”

Carwyn Jones says opportunities presented by EU exit must be about the future, not the past.

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