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Does the Welsh Assembly get a say on the Brexit deal?

Despite the Welsh government seeking a place at the table, the UK Government sees the talks with the EU as an international relations matter, where powers lie exclusively with the UK government. The devolved governments argue they should have a say, given the impact of the talks on their interests and the overlap with policy areas that fall within devolved competence. There is no requirement in EU law for the final deal to be approved by the devolved administrations. However, the devolved parliaments argue they should be asked for their consent to the legislation, in line with the Sewel constitutional convention, which establishes that the Westminster Parliament will not normally legislate on matters of devolved competence without the consent of the devolved parliaments.

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