Progress made at EU talks with devolved governments

17 October 2017

Agreement has been reached between the UK Government and the devolved administrations on the principles that will underpin the process for bringing back powers from the EU to the UK.

The agreement came at a Joint Ministerial Committee (EN) in London on 16 October 2017, chaired by the first secretary of state Damian Green MP with the Scottish and Welsh Governments. A representative from the Northern Ireland civil service also attended.


The first secretary of state said:

“Following a set of constructive discussions with the Scottish and Welsh Governments, we have today agreed a set of principles that will underpin the process of repatriating EU powers.

On the day when the UK leaves the EU, all parts of the UK need to be ready. It is the government’s intention that the EU Withdrawal Bill will ensure a strong UK internal market, while safeguarding and adding to the decision-making powers of the devolved administrations.

These principles will hopefully now pave the way to agreeing a set of frameworks that will deliver vital certainty and continuity for people and businesses across the United Kingdom.”


A summary of the meeting which includes the agreed principles can be found here.