Press release

Meeting of devolved administrations in preparation for UK's EU negotiations

James Brokenshire positive after "constructive" meeting of the EU Negotiation Joint Ministerial Committee

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Earlier today, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, attended a Joint Ministerial Committee on EU Negotiations. The Committee was chaired by Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, Rt Hon David Davis MP. The forum met in order to continue the UK government’s work with the devolved administrations in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales to secure the best Brexit deal for the whole of the United Kingdom.

Following the meeting, Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP said:

Today’s meeting was a constructive session in looking at how the devolved administrations work with one another and at how we can share our analysis to inform the evidence base we’re putting together.

There is a clear work programme in place as we look to the creation of a UK wide approach to the negotiations, working together to ensure we achieve the best deal possible for the whole of the United Kingdom.

During the meeting, Rt Hon David Davis MP outlined his plan for continued formal engagement by offering:

  • A commitment to host monthly meetings of the EU Negotiation Joint Ministerial Committee.

  • Continual informal engagement with the Department for Exiting the European Union over the coming months.

  • The sharing of analysis by the Department for Exiting the European Union as part of a two-way flow of information.

The Secretaries of State were joined at the meeting by the First Minister Arlene Foster and the deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, as well as ministers from the Scottish and Welsh governments.

Published 9 November 2016