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?

With the government looking at protecting certain industries in Brexit negotiations, former Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb highlighted the importance of Europe to the automotive and aerospace industries in Wales.

He asked Alun Cairns: "Given that Brexit probably won't mean retaining full membership of the single market will you nevertheless commit to fighting and doing everything you possibly can to retain full single market-style benefits for those critically important sectors in the Welsh economy?"

Mr Cairns told him the UK had landed some important investments. "We want to retain the most open market arrangements and I think the confidence shown by Nissan demonstrates that they understand the priority we are placing on that."

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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

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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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Follow our example, Welsh Government tells chancellor

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Image caption Looking to the future or virtual reality? Ken Skates at the announcement of the advanced manufacturing research institute.

"We have delivered," said the Welsh economy secretary. "We expect UK government to deliver as well."

If you're reading this after a lengthy, congested commute home, you may want to know that Ken Skates was talking about infrastructure in north-east Wales.

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Labour hail 'Good Old Nick' as minister reflects

Wales Office Minister Lord Bourne
Image caption 'I should like to look at this matter again, to reflect on the points made by noble Lords....' - Wales Office Minister Lord Bourne

By their recent standards, it was an early night. Their lordships finished proceedings on the committee stage (third day) of the Wales Bill at 10:59 pm on Tuesday.

It was a debate that featured contributions from four former secretaries of state for Wales (Lords Hunt, Murphy, Hain and Crickhowell), watched from the steps of the throne by the current incumbent.

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Tryweryn, Welsh water and sending political messages

Alun Cairns MP
Image caption 'Today's announcement puts right an injustice that occurred more than 50 years ago' - Alun Cairns

The announcement sent me rushing for my well-thumbed copy of the Wales Bill.

Has the UK government decided to devolve that most sensitive of issues, water in Wales, to the Welsh Government and Assembly?

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MPs prepare for season of mists and autumn statement

Conservative MPs and Chancellor Philip Hammond (right) Image copyright Byron Davies MP
Image caption Welsh Conservative MPs lobby Chancellor Philip Hammond.

Chancellor Phillip Hammond is determined to do things differently from his predecessor.

Unlike George Osborne, you won't see Mr Hammond in hard hat and hi-vis clothing. And he plans to be a full-time chancellor, without Mr Osborne's focus on political strategy.

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'Trade-offs to come' as Brexit talks begin

Mark Drakeford AM
Image caption Welsh Government Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford is interviewed after this morning's meeting.

The meeting lasted little more than an hour, around half as long as had been expected. Perhaps some members of the Joint Ministerial Committee (EU Negotiations), to give it its full title, had been up all night watching events on the other side of the Atlantic.

Or possibly they found they had more in common than their public stances would suggest. "We want the same things" insisted one committee member.

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Peers burn the midnight oil debating future of Wales

Lord Kinnock
Image caption Lord Kinnock: 'There was and is no evident support among the public for the idea of income tax-raising or income tax-varying powers to be allocated to the Welsh Assembly'

What do members of the House of Lords get up to at eleven o'clock of an evening?

The answer, as you probably guessed, involves debating the Wales Bill, with Monday's committee stage ending at 11:12pm.

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Welsh Tory MP's attack: the experts strike back

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Image caption 'Personally, never thought of academics as 'experts'. No experience of the real world' - Glyn Davies MP with the prime minister

It's not easy being an expert. Michael Gove began the backlash during the referendum campaign with his declaration that people had had enough of them.

He clarified his remarks by pointing out that some expert economic predictions had been inaccurate, but the damage was done.

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