14 September 2017
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 Assembly’s Research Service and Chief Legal Adviser have designed a series of infographics which attempt to set out the current position, what the Bill proposes to do to change that position and the differences between the positions outlined by the UK Government and Welsh Government. Our introductory guide to the Bill provides more information on this issue as well as other key provisions in the Bill and how they may affect Wales.