Policy Forum for Wales

Brexit and the Welsh Economy

Morning, Tuesday, 5th December 2017

Central Cardiff


Delegates at this seminar will discuss the challenges and opportunities for the Welsh Economy as the United Kingdom prepares to withdraw from the European Union.

It follows the Welsh Government’s white paper on Brexit which sets out its priorities ahead of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, including retaining full access to the Single Market, guaranteeing the rights of EU migrants living in Wales, the replacement of current EU funding and the establishment of a transitional phrase after Brexit.

Planned sessions will examine what Brexit will mean for different sectors of the Welsh Economy, with uncertainty over the terms of transferring EU legislation to UK law, and the challenges for adapting to new trading arrangements.

Delegates will also consider the wider implications of Brexit on devolution - following the Welsh Government’s policy document - with questions surrounding the future framework of inter-governmental relations regarding the forthcoming repatriation of powers from the EU.

Guest of Honour

Emma Edworthy

Deputy Director for Trade and Performance Management, Welsh Government

Guest of Honour

Emma Edworthy

Deputy Director, Trade and Performance Management, Welsh Government


Stephen Kinnock MP (subject to parliamentary business)

Nathan Gill MEP/AM


Councillor Rob Stewart

Deputy Leader and Spokesperson for Economic Development, Europe and Energy, WLGA

Robert Lloyd Griffiths

Regional Director, Wales, Institute of Directors

Dr Nick Fenwick

Director of Agricultural Policy, Farmers’ Union of Wales

Ros Kellaway

Head, EU Competition and Regulatory Group and Partner, Eversheds Sutherland

Steve Smith

Director, UK Transformation, Tata Steel

Giles Thorley

Chief Executive, Finance Wales

Professor Elizabeth Treasure

Vice-Chancellor, Aberystwyth University