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First Minister warns a ‘no deal’ Brexit would be a 'catastrophic failure'

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First Minister Mark Drakeford, will today warn the Prime Minister that a no deal Brexit would be "disastrous for Wales".

Mr Drakeford will tell the Prime Minister she has a moral obligation to prevent the UK crashing out of the EU, which he says would have "seismic repercussions for the whole of the Welsh economy and threaten jobs and businesses throughout Wales".

Wales’ new First Minister and new Brexit Minister Jeremy Miles are today attending a meeting of the Joint Ministerial Committee in London, chaired by the Prime Minister.

A no deal Brexit would be a catastrophic failure on behalf of the UK Government. However, it is becoming clear the chaotic shambles around the Prime Minister’s deal on the table is moving us towards a position that will cause significant disruption, risking jobs and people’s livelihoods.

We have been preparing for a no deal outcome as it has become increasingly apparent the UK Government was failing to negotiate an acceptable deal. We will be further intensifying our work to develop contingency plans.

At my first Cabinet earlier this week, I asked all my Ministers to step up engagement with our partners in Wales as we move into the New Year. This will further shape our plans to prepare as much as we possibly can for a no deal outcome, including identifying areas for new investment to support preparation work.

We cannot prepare Wales in isolation. We have been clear the UK Government must work with us if we are to secure the best possible deal for the whole of the UK.

– Mark DRakeford AM, First Minister

Theresa May will urge leaders from the devolved administrations to "pull together" to back her Brexit deal at today's meeting.

The Prime Minister is set to call on Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Mr Drakeford, as well as representatives of the Northern Ireland Civil Service, to listen to businesses and get behind her Withdrawal Agreement.

Her message to back the deal comes after her Cabinet agreed to ramp up preparations for the UK crashing out of the European Union without an agreement, and Mrs May will also update the leaders on the contingency plans.

I am confident that what we have agreed delivers for the whole of the UK.

This deal honours the result of the referendum - taking back control of our money, laws and borders, protecting jobs and livelihoods, and freeing the UK to strike new trade deals with countries around the world.

That's why it is more important than ever that the devolved administrations get behind this deal and listen to businesses and industry bodies across all four nations who have been clear that it provides the certainty they need.

From the Scottish Fishermen's Federation and Diageo, to Airbus and Manufacturing NI, business and industry right across the UK want to us to deliver this deal as it gives them the clarity and stability they need to protect jobs and living standards.

So my message is clear: now is the time for us to pull together and harness our efforts behind this deal and build a bright future for people all across the United Kingdom.

– Theresa May