Brexit and Devolution

I can assure you that the Government is working closely with the devolved administrations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to deliver an outcome that works for the whole of the UK. The Joint Ministerial Committee (EU Negotiations), chaired by the Secretary of State for Exiting the EU, David Davis, is also providing the leaders of the Scottish, Welsh, and Northern Ireland governments with the opportunity to help shape the UK's exit from the  EU. 

I warmly welcome this approach but I would like to emphasise that although the devolved administrations and other stakeholders will be consulted regularly, the UK will negotiate and leave the EU as one country. 

I am encouraged by the steps that the Government is taking to ensure that any decisions currently taken by the devolved administrations remain in place after the UK leaves the EU. After leaving the EU, legislation on devolution settlements will be set here in the UK by democratically elected representatives and I have been assured by Ministers that the role of Scottish Parliament, the Welsh Assembly and the Northern Ireland Assembly will be strengthened.