First Minister in Brussels for Brexit meeting with Barnier

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Just days after the UK Government finally produced what Carwyn Jones calls a "vaguely credible negotiating position" on Brexit, the First Minister is flying to Brussels to meet the EU's Chief Negotiator, Michel Barnier. But Mr Jones has eased any concerns in Whitehall that he's there simply to promote the Welsh Government's policy that the UK should continue to participate in the single market and Customs Union.

Although he will reiterate that position, the First Minister will argue that the Chequers proposals should open the door to the start of serious negotiations and call for greater flexibility from the European Union to reach what he calls "a workable Brexit agreement based on shared values".

The First Minister will also meet the British Ambassador to the EU, Sir Tim Barrow, before making a speech about the UK Government’s negotiating position and his own government's Brexit priorities. In that speech, Carwyn Jones is expected to talk about how there can be a Brexit deal that benefits both the United Kingdom and the European Union.