Joint Ministerial Committee (EU Negotiations) communique: 28 January 2020

The communique from the meeting of the Joint Ministerial Committee on EU Negotiations on 28 January 2020.

The twenty second Joint Ministerial Committee (EU Negotiations) met today in Cathays Park Cardiff. The meeting was chaired by First Minister of Wales, Rt Hon. Mark Drakeford AM.


Attendees and apologies

From the UK Government:

  • The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Rt Hon. Michael Gove MP
  • the Minister of State at the Department for Exiting the European Union
  • Lord Callanan, the Secretary of State for Scotland 
  • Rt Hon. Alister Jack MP, the Secretary of State for Wales,
  • Rt Hon. Simon Hart MP, The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 
  • Rt Hon. Julian Smith MP
  • and  Minister for the Constitution, Chloe Smith MP

From the Northern Ireland Executive:

  • First Minister Rt Hon. Arlene Foster MLA
  • and deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill  MLA

From the Scottish Government:

  • The Cabinet Secretary for Government Business and Constitutional Relations, Michael Russell MSP

From the Welsh Government:

  • First Minister of Wales, Rt Hon. Mark Drakeford AM
  • and the Counsel General and Brexit Minister, Jeremy Miles AM.

Items and actions

The Committee discussed the UK’s exit from the EU, including the role of the devolved administrations in EU exit negotiations and the strategic choices relating to leaving the European Union. The Committee also discussed other issues, including an update on the intergovernmental relations review.


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