Minister promises Welsh Brexit plan 'next week'

Mark Drakeford AM
Image caption "We will set out in full those matters that are of greatest significance to Wales" - Mark Drakeford on the Welsh Government's Brexit plan

Did the dog eat the Welsh Government's homework?

The snappily-acronymed JMC (EN) met in the Cabinet Office for almost two hours on Thursday morning; on the agenda, papers from the Scottish government and Northern Ireland executive on Brexit.

The Scottish paper sets out its demands for Scotland to stay in the single market and for more devolution. The Scottish government's Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland's Place in Europe, Mike Russell, said as he entered the Cabinet Office: "I'm hopeful that we will take forward the options in the paper that we've submitted, in particular the options of Scotland remaining a member of the single market, of increasing devolution.

"Those are still realistic options, they've been well supported across the board."

The paper from Northern Ireland sets out its view on what happens to the border between it and the EU after Brexit.

'Substantive'

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Theresa May's Brexit Welsh powers pledge

Alun Cairns MP
Image caption Alun Cairns: 'Maintaining membership of the single market is effectively remaining part of the European Union by another name'

"The economic argument trumps everything else," said the secretary of state. "At the end of the day this is down to the economy, jobs, jobs, jobs."

There were, he said, 100,000 jobs in Wales directly linked to our place in Europe. "Business leaders tell me that they rely on our links with a market of 500 million people - that's a vast trading bloc that takes more than 40 per cent of the goods we export."

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'A lot to be very proud of' - Corbyn on Labour in Wales

Jeremy Corbyn and David Cornock
Image caption Jeremy Corbyn: 'Allowing Wales to set its own immigration rules would be "fraught with difficulties'

For a man who's had better New Years, Jeremy Corbyn seemed chipper enough.

He may be under fire from his own MPs on Brexit and immigration, and his shadow defence secretary may be "absolutely furious" about his views on Nato, but the Labour leader was relaxed when we met in his Commons office on Thursday morning.

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'Super-narrow squeak' over Welsh powers Bill

A clerk consults standing orders as peers await the result of the Wales Bill vote.
Image caption A clerk consults standing orders as peers await the result of the Wales Bill vote.

They don't do penalty shoot-outs in the House of Lords. Instead, they have standing order 56 to decide drawn matches.

Last night's tied vote on the Wales Bill - on a Labour amendment to devolve industrial relations in devolved public services - had clerks reaching for the rulebook.

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Cairns slays the dragon as peers scrutinise Wales Bill

Wales Office and UK Government logos Image copyright UK Government
Image caption Exit the dragon? The Wales Office has re-branded.

For many, it's been the pressing issue of 2016, its every twist and turn followed with increasing fascination by politicos up and down Wales.

It's been the dominant topic of conversation whenever political anoraks have gathered together, its implications for Wales's future pored over at length.

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Cairns grilled over Brexit, Wales Bill and his own job

Chris Davies MP
Image caption 'Special measures' - Conservative MP Chris Davies's plan for the Welsh Government

The annual appearance of the secretary of state for Wales before MPs on the Welsh affairs committee is often one that fails to disturb the nation's front pages.

Often, the minister is fed gentle questions by his own side while deflecting hyperbole from his or her own opponents.

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Lloyd George: 'The first really modern prime minister'

Lord Morgan
Image caption 'The first really modern prime minister.....he changed our world' - Historian and Labour peer Lord Kenneth O. Morgan of Aberdyfi

What springs to mind when you think of David Lloyd George?

It's a question I've been asking historians and politicians on the 100th anniversary of his arrival as prime minister.

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Let them eat steak: Brexit, planes and automobiles

Stephen Crabb MP
Image caption Former cabinet minister Stephen Crabb wants 'full single market-style benefits' for the Welsh aerospace and automotive industries after Brexit.

It was more like Brexit Questions than Welsh Questions, with 11 of the 14 questions tabled focused on Britain leaving the EU.

We know that Theresa May's government won't provide a running commentary on the Brexit process so what did we learn today?

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The Bourne Ultimatum: minister's warning on Wales Bill

The Wales Bill
Image caption The Wales Bill, currently being debated at an upper House near you.

Is the Wales Bill approaching what Sir Alex Ferguson would describe as squeaky bum time?

Peers completed the Bill's committee stage on Tuesday night and will resume their consideration at report stage on December 14.

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Hammond: Welsh angles, city deals and warm words

Philip Hammond Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption If only balancing the books were this easy....Chancellor Philip Hammond.

It is the most challenging two minutes of my year: explaining to a live TV audience what the Autumn Statement means for Wales - while the chancellor is still delivering it.

It is also a challenge to discover - and explain - what parts of the statement apply beyond England, which are devolved, and which have those Barnett consequentials.

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