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Head of State

First Minister

Queen Elizabeth II (since February 1952)

Mark Drakeford (Labour, since December 2018)

Population 3,139,000 (2018)
Size 20,799 Km² (8,022 sq. miles)
MEPs 4 (joined the EU in 1973 as part of the UK)
Next legislative election Thursday 6 May 2021
Presidency of the Council None
Last meeting with Boris Johnson 30 July 2019
Brexit priorities In Wales, a majority of citizens voted to leave the EU. One of the reasons was related to the level of immigration, which will be one of the country’s main priorities in the negotiations.

The main priority will be to stay in the Single Market, as proposed in a White Paper by former First Minister Jones and Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood. Mark Drakeford also called on Theresa May to rule out a no-deal Brexit and said he feels another referendum is unavoidable.

As Wales receives many regional funds from the EU, the country will also be keeping a close eye on the effects of Brexit on the EU budget and the impact this will have on the funds it currently receives.

Wales is a member of the joint ministerial committee  that coordinates the relationships between Downing Street and the devolved administrations and functions as a platform for discussing all matters related to Brexit.

What Mr Drakeford said on Brexit On no deal

“We’re not simply talking about an economy here. We’re talking about a whole way of life that has existed for centuries and which will be put at peril in a way that it has never been put at peril before.”

“I think the union that is the United Kingdom is more at risk today than at any time in my political lifetime.”

Wales’ priorities Welsh Government’s main priority is to make sure Westminster takes its interests into account running up to and during the Brexit negotiations and deal with its sluggish economy.

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