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Statement following the meeting between First Minister and the First Secretary of State.

First published:
30 November 2017
Last updated:

This was published under the 2016 to 2021 administration of the Welsh Government

The First Minister began the meeting by expressing his support for the Prime Minister’s criticism of President Trump. There was agreement around the table that no truck could be given to any propagation of hate propaganda. 

On Brexit, both sides recognised that progress had been made since the last meeting. A detailed discussion about future frameworks was positive and demonstrated a developing and serious attempt to resolve differences. 

There are clearly still obstacles to overcome before the Welsh Government can recommend supporting the Withdrawal Bill, and it was acknowledged that there are opportunities for the UK government to make changes to the proposed legislation as it passes through Parliament. 

The First Minister reiterated his central message that he is not looking to frustrate Brexit, and recognises the importance of respecting the referendum result. However, both the final deal and resulting legislation must reflect the economic and constitutional priorities of Wales.