ON WEDNESDAY, I ASKED THE CABINET SECRETARY FOR FINANCE, MARK DRAKEFORD, ABOUT THE ONGOING BREXIT NEGOTIATIONS





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Jack Sargeant: Cabinet Secretary, inter-governmental discussions are obviously vital if we’re going to get the best deal for Wales, particularly to industry. You will know that my home constituency is home to Deeside enterprise zone, and is the home of many companies, including Airbus and Toyota. My constituents rely on many companies like this, and those like Tata Steel, for their livelihoods and their children’s livelihoods. Having worked on the Deeside industrial estate myself, I know how important it is too. Can the Cabinet Secretary reassure me that all efforts are being made by this Government to ensure that the UK Government delivers the best deal for my area and the industries that we rely on?

Mark Drakeford: Can I thank the Member for that supplementary question—the first, I’m sure, of many in which he will represent the vital interests of his constituency? And he’s absolutely right to point to the fact that Deeside has a whole series of major industries that rely on our membership of the European Union for their success and current way of operating. So, we press, as we always do upon the UK Government, the vital need for full and unfettered access to the single market, so that Airbus, for example, which relies on the ability to move goods across the European Union in a tariff-free way, is not impeded in its ability in the future and does not lead, as a result, to questions being raised about whether investment in Wales is the best place for that company to see its future. Not only does Airbus rely on the free movement of goods, but it relies heavily on the free movement of people—the ability of people who operate across the footprint of that company to move in and out of Wales in pursuit of the company’s business. We make these points regularly and specifically to UK Ministers, and it’s very good to have the support of the Member this afternoon in the efforts that we make to do so.