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Role of Welsh government in post-Brexit UK trade negotiations examined

12 February 2019

The Welsh Affairs Committee will hear from economists from the University of Edinburgh and the University of Sussex, and a Brexit specialist from the Institute for Government, on the future of trade negotations for Wales.


As part of its inquiry into Brexit, trade and customs, the Welsh Affairs Committee is examining the possible implications of Brexit for the future of Welsh trade. The Committee recently visited the Port of Holyhead to see how port authorities are preparing for Brexit.

Purpose of the session

In this session, the Committee will hear the views of academics and researchers on the practicalities of a ‘no deal' Brexit for Wales and the role of the Welsh Government and Assembly in future trade talks in terms of formulation, negotiation and approval of trade deals.

The Committee will focus on the tension between the UK Government being responsible for international trade deals, but the Welsh Government holding responsibility for economic development, and implementing regulatory change resulting from new trade deals in Wales.

The witnesses have expertise in economics, international politics and intergovernmental relations and will be asked to draw on international comparisons.


Tuesday 5 February 2019, Grimond Room, Portcullis House

At 2.30pm

  • Dr Kristen Hopewell, Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy, University of Edinburgh
  • Professor Leonard Alan Winters, Professor of Economics and Director of the UK Trade Policy Observatory, University of Sussex
  • Maddy Thimont Jack, Researcher, Institute for Government

Further information

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