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First Minister: Queen's speech 'will be delivered to a sombre country'

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First Minister, Carwyn Jones, has said today's Queen's speech 'will be delivered to a sombre country that is trying to come to terms with the terrible events of recent months.'

The speech will lay out the new minority Conservative government's plans for the next five years.

The General Election has also thrown into much sharper relief the challenges faced by the Government in developing an approach to Brexit that can genuinely command the support it needs from across the country and across the political spectrum.

Our businesses are crying out for clarity. Our economy needs certainty. The Prime Minister must now put the UK economy above political self-interest and reconsider plans for a hard Brexit, for which she has no mandate.

People’s jobs and livelihoods are dependent on continued access to the Single Market - we can ill afford to gamble with Wales’ future prosperity.

– Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister

He also highlighted uncertainty across the country, and emphasised the importance of the UK Government working with the devolved nations on Brexit.

We are ready and willing to work with the UK Government and the devolved administrations to agree common approaches – through discussion, not diktat – to prevent friction within our own internal market. Last week we set out exactly how this can be achieved in our policy paper on Brexit and Devolution.

However, if the Prime Minister disregards our efforts to work together and, instead, chooses to disrespect devolution and constrain the devolved nations, she will bring about a constitutional crisis that will damage the union.

– Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister
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