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Carwyn Jones: "I spoke to PM, she didn't tell me much"

Carwyn Jones was responding in the Senedd to the Prime minister's speech Photo: Senedd TV

Carwyn Jones has told AMs that the Prime Minister "didn't tell me much" when she rang him this morning about her Brexit speech. He added that some of her speech was welcome but that being "half-in, half-out" of the Customs Union needed explanation.

in her speech, Theresa May sought to reassure the Welsh and Scottish Governments, as well as the Northern Ireland executive, which collapsed yesterday.

We won’t agree on everything, but I look forward to working with the administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to deliver a Brexit that works for the whole of the United Kingdom.Part of that will mean working very carefully to ensure that – as powers are repatriated from Brussels back to Britain – the right powers are returned to Westminster, and the right powers are passed to the devolved administrations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. I should equally be clear that no decisions currently taken by the devolved administrations will be removed from them.

– Prime Minister Theresa May MP

The First Minister responded that because any Brexit deal would affect devolved matter, the Assembly would vote on whether to give legislative consent before the deal could be put to MPs and peers. He said that what was most important was to avoid "anything that impairs the ability of companies to export from Wales and so their ability to employ people".

He had a specific fear that the Welsh ferry ports could lose out if Northern Ireland gets a special deal on border controls with the Irish Republic.

What I fear is that a deal will be done whereby there are no customs posts at all on the Northern Irish border but there will be at the Welsh ports. That would not be a fair outcome [for Holyhead, Fishguard and Pembroke Dock]. If you are an exporter you would go from Cairnryan [in Scotland] to Larne and so through Northern Ireland

– First Minister Carwyn Jones AM