In April 2017 the Research Service published its first Brexit timeline which sought to set out how the key events in negotiations on the UK’s exit from the EU, domestic preparations for the UK’s withdrawal and key constitutional events in the Assembly and Wales may interlink over the next 24 months. In publishing that first timeline we committed to update and develop the timeline as the negotiations progressed. Below is the second iteration of the timeline. It is based on the best public information available at this time and is likely to be subject to further refinements and amendments as negotiations progress over the coming weeks and months.
On 13 July 2017 the UK Government introduced the EU (Withdrawal) Bill into the House of Commons. One of the elements of the Bill that has caused greatest debate since its publication is the impact the Bill will have on the devolved settlements. Differences have emerged in the views as to where powers over areas such as agriculture and fisheries should ‘return’ to after the UK exits the EU. The First Ministers’ of Wales and Scotland have described the Bill as a ‘naked power-grab’ whilst the UK Government has outlined their view that the Bill maintains ‘the current decision making powers of the devolved institutions’.
The Welsh Government is currently consulting on the effectiveness of the Agricultural Sector (Wales) Act 2014. The Act aims to support a ‘resilient, sustainable and well-trained agricultural sector in Wales’, and in particular, regulates agricultural wages. The Act contains a ‘sunset clause’, meaning it will cease to have effect after 30 July 2018 if no new legislation is made to preserve it. The Welsh Government will use the outcome of the consultation to help it decide whether or not to maintain, amend or discontinue the Act.
On 13 July 2017, the UK Government introduced the EU (Withdrawal) Bill into the UK Parliament. The Bill – which was formerly referred to as the Great Repeal Bill or Repeal Bill – aims to make the changes the UK Government considers necessary to law in the UK in preparation for the UK’s exit from the EU.
The White Paper leading to the Bill, Legislating for the United Kingdom’s Withdrawal from the European Union, was published on 30 March 2017. You can read more about it in our blog.
The Queen’s Speech was held on 21 June 2017, following the General Election held on 8 June 2017. The UK Government has announced that there will be no Queen’s Speech next year so the legislative proposals cover a two year period.