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PM Theresa May has met with the devolved administrations to discuss the latest in the EU negotiations.
The FMs of Scotland and Wales, along with representatives from the Northern Ireland Civil Service, came to Downing Street for an update on the negotiations and to discuss recent progress on Clause 11 of the EU Withdrawal Bill, which would see the vast majority of returning devolved powers directly transferred to Edinburgh, Cardiff & Belfast. Domestic issues and the importance of Northern Ireland’s continued involvement in the process, in the absence of an Executive, were also be discussed.
The PM made clear her absolute commitment to devolution, strengthening the Union and delivering legal certainty for businesses & consumers across the UK as ‘we forge a new, deep & special partnership with the EU’.
Finance Secretary Derek Mackay; “It is imperative that the UK Government urgently provides details of how it plans to mitigate the significant impacts of leaving the EU, and how the £3bn funding for EU exit preparations which was announced at last year’s Autumn Budget will be allocated. Scotland must have its fair share of this funding. …….We have been absolutely clear that Scotland must not be any worse off in respect of the funding allocations that replace those provided from the EU, and that they must be focused on delivering inclusive growth”.