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|11 Jul 2019, 11:45 a.m.||Wales Office: Brexit||Jo Stevens|
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will place in the Library a list of all (a) estimates, (b) reviews and (c) briefings his Department has (i) prepared or conducted and (ii) contributed to in relation to the effect on Wales of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.
Answer (Alun Cairns)
EU Exit is an all-of-government operation, and the Government wants to see the UK leave the EU with a deal.
However, the Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU) has done detailed work with departments, including the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales on preparing for a No-Deal scenario.
DExEU has already published detailed analysis of the effect of leaving the EU without a deal on gov.uk: