Welsh Government “not invited” to UK Government trade meetings

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In a letter to the External Affairs Committee – dated August 3rd 2018 – the Economy & Infrastructure Secretary, Ken Skates (Lab, Clwyd South), said the Welsh Government have not been invited to take part in key trade meetings with UK counterparts ahead of Brexit (pdf).

In the letter, the Secretary says that the UK Department for International Trade – run by Liam Fox – has given the Welsh Government the cold shoulder when consulting on their work, in particular trade working groups.

He also says that the Welsh Government have had no feed into consultations relating to trade negotiations with Australia, New Zealand and the United States after Brexit. Fears have previously been raised that a free trade deal with Australia and New Zealand could damage the Welsh lamb industry via cheaper meat imports.

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