Draft international strategy for Wales revealed

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The Welsh Government has revealed its vision for the future of international relations, with a draft copy put out for public consultation (pdf).

The draft strategy sets three key goals: raise Wales’ international profile, increase exports and encourage inward investment and portray Wales as a globally-responsible nation.

“I believe that these three goals capture the creativity of Wales; the way we have harnessed technology and our commitment to sustainability. Almost all departments in the Welsh Government have international engagement as part of their work. This strategy will shape that work and focus efforts to ensure we have a common and consistent message to deliver our triple ambition.”
– International Affairs & Welsh Language Minister, Eluned Morgan (Lab, Mid & West Wales)

The draft strategy stresses the importance of maintaining a permanent presence in Brussels after Brexit as well as close working with the relevant UK Government departments to ensure Wales is properly represented.

The draft strategy also makes it clear that the Welsh Government opposes any post-Brexit UK immigration system which counts students as migrants (for migrant quotas) and would otherwise not grant Wales some flexibility to recruit in areas with workforce shortages. How they will oppose it is unclear.

In addition, the Welsh Government expects the UK Government to consult with the devolved administrations when drafting new trade agreements and, in return, the Welsh Government promises to reflect UK negotiating positions.

The consultation is open until October 23rd, with full details available here.

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