The Prime Minister Theresa May – on her first visit to Wales since her appointment by the Queen – has today met Wales’s Conservative Leader Andrew RT Davies (AM South Wales Central) at the National Assembly for Wales with Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns (Conservative MP for the Vale of Glamorgan).
Andrew R T Davies discussed with the Prime Minister the future of the nation’s steel industry, and the importance of the draft Wales Bill to the devolved settlement.
He also raised the importance of North Wales being at the heart of any plans to revive northern economies, the role rail electrification will have for the Welsh economy, and the impact that action on the Severn Bridge tolls will have for stimulating business and investment in Wales.
Following Brexit, the Wales Conservative Leader has also emphasised to the PM the need to ensure that Wales is integral to discussions on negotiating the terms of withdrawal from the EU . He also welcomed David Jones MP’s appointment as a government minister with responsibility for the UK’s exit.
After the meeting Andrew RT Davies said “The new Prime Minister has shown her commitment and dedication to Wales with a visit so early in her premiership, and she is clearly a fantastic advocate and champion for our country.”
The Prime Minister also met the Welsh Labour Government’s First Minister Carwyn Jones and told him she recognised “concerns” about E U funding and also emphasised she wanted Welsh steelmaking to continue.
The First Minister has said the formal process for leaving the European Union should be triggered before next summer.
The PM said later that the meeting with Carwyn Jones had been was “very constructive” and on the EU said she wanted to see “the best possible deal for the whole of the United Kingdom”