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The Assembly and Brexit

Weekly Brexit Bulletin

Welcome to the Brexit Bulletin. 

Read on for this week's Brexit-related work at the Assembly. 

On Monday, the External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committee (EAAL) will consider the latest correspondence received on freedom of movement, the EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill, and the Welsh Government's recently published International Strategy. The meeting will finish with a private seminar session on international trade, where the Committee will hear from external stakeholders from the Nuffield Trust, the UK Trade Policy Observatory and Cardiff University. Also on Monday, the Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee will hold a private session to consider the Legislative Consent Memorandum (LCM) on the Direct Payment to Farmers (Legislative Continuity) Bill. The UK Bill will provide continuity of payments to farmers for the year 2020 outside the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). Senedd Research has produced a blog on the legislation ahead of an Assembly debate on Wednesday, during which Members will vote on whether to grant consent to the UK-wide legislation.

Tuesday's Plenary will start with First Minister's Questions, followed by a debate on the LCM on the EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill. The Welsh Government has recommended that the Assembly withhold its consent to the Bill. Senedd Research has produced a research paper on the legislation. The latest Brexit Update provides an overview of the most recent developments.

On Wednesday, the Counsel General and Brexit Minister will answer questions in respect of his Brexit Minister responsibilities. Questions put forward by Members are on issues including post-Brexit funding, EU citizens in Wales, future trade deals and the impact of Brexit on the automotive sector, children's rights and access to justice. Following questions to the Minister, there are three Brexit-related debates. First, the Assembly will debate the LCM on the Direct Payment to Farmers (Legislative Continuity) Bill. Second, it will debate the EAAL Committee's report on the Changes to freedom of movement after Brexit – implications for Wales. Third, the Conservative Party will hold a debate on workforce skills post-Brexit.

You can watch Assembly Committee meetings and Plenary sessions live or on catch up at senedd.tv. You can also catch up on Brexit related reading by visiting Senedd Research's webpage, In Brief. You can also follow Senedd Research on Twitter by following the handle @SeneddResearch.

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