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First Minister Carwyn Jones has this afternoon met Theresa May to discuss her Brexit deal. He told me it was the most relaxed and conversational he's ever found her. 'I was sure she thought it was a relief to meet me rather than one of her own backbenchers.' Here's a thread.
He says he told her 'we need to move away from the chaos we saw last week towards stability, particularly in the long term. We need to know what sort of relationship the govt wants with EU. We need to know where the money's going to come from after 2022 when EU funds disappear'
On being left in the dark last week: 'I said to her, look, it's much easier if we are involved in discussions at the beginning than right at the end...I ended up having to give a view on a document I hadn't seen..'
'...Well that's in no-one's interest and I think the voice of Wales and the voice of Scotland needs to be heard earlier on in the process rather than right at the end. That way we can ensure any future agreement & future developments are tailored to Wales' circumstances.'
Mixed messages from Labour? 'I think Keir Starmer & I are pretty much in the same place.' But he & Corbyn aren't? 'We're not that far apart. He's more nervous about the issue of a referendum & I can understand why ...
'...because we've got to be careful as a party not to look as if we're trying to stop something that happened after a democratic vote.'
Hasn't he just thrown away a bargaining tool by repealing the continuity act? 'No. What's it's done is put us in a position where we have an agreement. Scotland doesn't have an agreement. We have an agreement that means powers will come back to Wales from Brussels'
He says the Prime Minister 'was quite chipper... she was more relaxed than I've ever seen her... Maybe she thrives on all this.'
This is likely to have been their last meeting. What has their relationship been like? 'It was very, very formal to being with.
'I think it's become a little less formal over time and in fact the meeting today was probably the best meeting I've had in terms of being able to have an exchange of views and being able to talk and listen to each other. But of course it probably is the last meeting.'
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