What does the Welsh Government have in store for Welsh rail services?

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On Tuesday 18 July the Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure, Ken Skates, will make a statement on Rail Services and Metro. Although the detail of the statement is unknown, the Welsh Government has indicated that the final tender process for procurement of the next rail franchise and Metro operator will begin in July 2017, with the contract expected to be awarded in January 2018.  The successful bidder would then begin to operate services in October 2018.

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Live music protection: Assembly Members to debate petition

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On Wednesday 12 July, Assembly Members will debate a petition calling for live music venues to be protected. The petition caught the imagination of live music lovers in Wales and collected over 5,000 signatures.

This is the first time an Assembly petition has been signed by over 5,000 people since the new petitions process was introduced in March. The changes allow the Petitions Committee to request an Assembly debate on any petition collecting over 5,000 signatures.

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In Dublin’s Fair City – External Affairs Committee visits Ireland to ask what Brexit means for Welsh ports.

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Three Members of the External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committee, Mark Isherwood, Eluned Morgan and Committee Chair David Rees, visited Dublin on Monday 19 June. The reason? To get some Irish perspectives to feed into the Committee’s inquiry into the implications of Brexit for Welsh ports.

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New Taxes for Wales

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There will be a debate in Plenary on 4 July 2017 to consider the case for new taxes in Wales.

Where do the powers for Wales to introduce its own taxes come from?

The Wales Act 2014 allows the creation of new Welsh taxes by way of an Order in Council. The Order has to be laid and approved by the House of Commons, House of Lords and the National Assembly for Wales.

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Safeguarding the position of EU citizens living in the UK and UK nationals living in the EU – what does the UK propose?

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This article is produced by the National Assembly for Wales’ European and Constitutional Affairs research team as part of its work to keep Members and stakeholders up to date and informed on the ongoing negotiations on Brexit. This is part two of a two part blog on the UK Government’s Safeguarding the position of EU citizens living in the UK and UK nationals living in the EU policy paper. The first was published on 29 June and provided some background and context to this stage of the negotiations. This article sets out some of the key aspects of the UK Government’s recent policy paper.

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