Europe and Devolution – The Wales and the EU Hub

The Wales and the EU Hub at the Centre provides non-partisan, independent research on Wales and the European Union (EU). The Hub was initially established to host projects funded by the ESRC’s UK in a Changing Europe Initiative ahead of the 2016 EU referendum. Work undertaken by the Hub team now examines the implications of Brexit for Wales as a devolved nation.

Devolution to Wales occurred in the context of the UK’s membership of the EU, as such many devolved competencies are exercised in a heavily Europeanised context. The Hub’s work looks at the implications of Brexit for these devolved competencies; the future of the UK’s internal market; the capacity of devolved government to address the policy implications of Brexit; the public reaction to Brexit and the future of Wales in Europe. As well as producing work for the academic community, Hub team members regularly give evidence to parliamentary committees, and are frequent speakers at public events.

Core Hub Team members are:

Dr Jo Hunt (ESRC Senior Fellow) – HuntJ@cardiff.ac.uk – @johunt

Dr Rachel Minto – MintoR@cardiff.ac.uk – @RA_Minto

Other Wales Governance Centre staff also contribute to the project’s work. This work includes “Estimating Wales’ Net Contribution to the European Union”.

Centre staff also post regularly on the Cardiff University Welsh Brexit blog. The Welsh Brexit blog aims to inform and encourage constructive debate and analysis on issues relating to Wales and the UK’s exit of the European Union.

More information on this project’s work, as well as its outputs, can be found below.

Selected Publications

2016: “Implications of Brexit for UK ESIF programming and future regional policy” Jayne Woolford, European Structural and Investment Funds Journal 4 (3), pp. 144-148.

2016: “Winners and Losers: the EU Referendum Vote and its Consequences for Wales” Jo Hunt, Rachel Minto and Jayne Woolford, Journal of Contemporary European Research 12(4): 824-34.

2016: “A Changing UK in a Changing Europe: The UK State between European Union and devolution”, Rachel Minto, Jo Hunt, Michael Keating, and Lee McGowan, The Political Quarterly.

2016: “The UK and the European Union”, Anand Menon, Rachel Minto and Daniel Wincott, Introduction to The Political Quarterly Issue “The UK and the European Union”.

Research Briefs

Authored by Dr Jo Hunt and Dr Jayne Woolford

Selected Events

In addition to the events above, the Wales and the EU Hub hosts the EU Exchange Wales seminar series. These regular sessions provide a forum for Cardiff University academics and Welsh Government policy-makers to discuss matters relating to the EU, Brexit and Wales.

Parliamentary Evidence Sessions

15 May 2017 National Assembly for Wales Inquiry into the Great Repeal Bill and its implications for Wales Dr Jo Hunt

2 March 2017 House of Commons Exiting the European Union Select Committee: The UK’s negotiating objectives for its withdrawal from the EU  Dr Jo Hunt, Prof. Roger Scully and Dr Rachel Minto.

27 February 2017 National Assembly for Wales’ Inquiry into Regional Policy – What next for Wales? Dr Jayne Woolford.

21 February 2017 Expert Seminar for House of Commons Public Accountability and Constitutional Affairs Committee on Repatriation of Competences Dr Jo Hunt.

7 February 2017 House of Lords European Union Committee: inquiry on the impact of Brexit on the devolution settlement  Dr Jo Hunt and Dr Rachel Minto and Professor Roger Scully.

29 November 2016 British Irish Parliamentary Assembly Committee Inquiry on Brexit impact on Agriculture and food industry, Cardiff, Dr Jo Hunt.

7 November 2016 National Assembly for Wales External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committee: Leaving the European Union- Implications for Wales  Dr Jo Hunt, Prof. Roger Scully and Dr Rachel Minto.

19 September 2016 National Assembly for Wales External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committee: Leaving the European Union- Implications for Wales –International law and trade Dr Jo Hunt.

October 2015. House of Lords EU Select Committee Inquiry on ‘EU Referendum and EU Reform, Cardiff , Dr Jo Hunt.

Written Evidence

Submission of written evidence to the National Assembly for Wales Consultation on the implications for Wales of Britain exiting the European Union, Dr Jo Hunt

Submission of written evidence to the National Assembly for Wales Consultation on the implications for Wales of Britain exiting the European Union, Rachel Minto

Submission of written evidence to the National Assembly for Wales Consultation on the implications for Wales of Britain exiting the European Union, Regional Policy, Dr Jayne Woolford

Contributed to UKICE written evidence to the House of Lords EU Select Committee Inquiry on Visions of EU Reform Dr Jo Hunt

Selected Blog Articles

23 June 2017 “EU Referendum: One Year On – Wales and Brexit” Rachel Minto, Cardiff University’s Welsh Brexit Blog

03 May 2017 “The loneliness of the devolutionist unionist” Roger Scully, Cardiff University’s Welsh Brexit Blog

20 April 2017 “Brexit and Devolution: The UK Government’s bind” Richard Percival, Cardiff University’s Welsh Brexit Blog

12 April 2017 “The Great Repeal Bill and Wales: Reading Between the Lines” Huw Pritchard and Manon George, Cardiff University’s Welsh Brexit Blog

30 March 2017 “So, what about this ‘All UK Brexit’?” Jo Hunt and Rachel Minto, The UK in a Changing Europe

29 March 2017 “Brexit and the People of Wales: What Do We Know? What Could We Know?” Roger Scully, Cardiff University’s Welsh Brexit Blog

28 March 2017 “A Welsh Brexit” Jo Hunt, Cardiff University’s Welsh Brexit Blog

26 March 2017 “Wales’ European future?” Rachel Minto, Cardiff University’s Brexit Blog

7 March 2017 “Could Brexit break Britain” Richard Percival, The Conversation

1 March 2017 “Joyeuse Saint-David!”, Rachel Minto, The UK in a Changing Europe website.

8 November 2016 “Negotiating Brexit: What does Wales want?”, Jo Hunt and Rachel Minto, The UK in a Changing Europe website.

1 May 2016 “How the EU Referendum could hit the Welsh election and vice versa”, Rachel Minto, BBC Wales Election 2016.

5 January 2016 “The UK’s EU Renegotiation Agenda: The Devolution Factor”, Jo Hunt and Rachel Minto, The UK in a Changing Europe website.

1 June 2015 “Wales – the same but different?”, Jo Hunt, Rachel Minto and Dan Wincott, The UK in a Changing Europe website.

23 February 2015 “EU Exchange Wales – Academics and policy-makers discuss Europe”, Rachel Minto, Cardiff Law School blog.

Selected Podcasts

Golau Podcast 20: The UK Gov / EU negotiations and Wales – where do we stand now? with Dr Rachel Minto

Golau Podcast 19: Legislating for Brexit with Dr Jo Hunt

Golau Podcast 18: Brexit and the Economy – Where are we now? with Ed Poole

Golau Podcast 17: GE2017 – the Brexit Election? with Prof. Roger Scully

Golau Podcast 16: Thoughts on Brexit and Devolution with Prof. Roger Scully, Dr Jo Hunt and Dr Rachel Minto

Golau Podcast 15: Brexit & Devolution (This mini-episode features the First Minister’s introduction to the Welsh Government’s new policy paper on Brexit and Devolution)

Golau Podcast 07: Brexit and English Devolution with Prof. Roger Scully and Lord Prescott

Golau Podcast 03: The Wales Act 2017 and Brexit with Prof. Richard Rawlings and Prof. Richard Wyn Jones

Golau Podcast 02: A Red White and Green Brexit with Dr Manon George, Dr Huw Pritchard and Dr Rachel Minto

Golau Podcast 01: A Very Merry Brexmas with Dr Huw Pritchard, Dr Rachel Minto and Prof. Roger Scully

Selected Media : TV and Radio

19 June 2017 Thoughts on Welsh Gov’s Brexit and Devolution Policy Paper with Prof. Roger Scully, Dr Jo Hunt and Dr Rachel Minto

03 November 2016 BBC Wales The Wales Report Wales & Brexit: How will power be repatriated from the EU? with Dr Rachel Minto