The implications for Wales of leaving the European Union


Following the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union, the External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committee took evidence to understand the full implications of the referendum decision on Wales.


Responding to the triggering of Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, Chair David Rees AM said:


“The triggering of Article 50 marks a significant moment in the history of our country. The two-year negotiating period will now begin in earnest and our cross-party committee will work tirelessly to ensure that the Welsh voice is heard in London, in Brussels, and in capitals across Europe”.


Evidence gathering


The Committee decided to concentrate initial work on obtaining expertise through a programme of thematic seminars and a first call for written submissions.


The consultation process allowed the Committee to identify emerging sectoral issues for Wales.


Alongside this work, the Committee held scrutiny sessions with the Welsh Government and started to explore how the Assembly might develop its approach as the exit process progresses.


The Committee’s first report


The Committee’s first report on the implications for Wales of leaving the EU was published on 27 January 2017. Read the full report (PDF 1MB).


The report is arranged in two parts. The first part provides a summary of the issues for Wales that have emerged from our initial work providing a clearer understanding of the complex challenges Wales faces as the UK moves towards leaving the European Union.


The second part of the report focuses on the Welsh Government’s response to the referendum, what we know of the UK Government’s position, and the role of the National Assembly for Wales. This includes any more formal role that the Assembly might be required to play in the exit process.


The Welsh Government response to the report can be viewed below.


Keeping in touch


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Type: For information

First published: 07/10/2016





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