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Welsh Cabinet Refuses to Be London's 'Puppets' at Brexit Talks - First Minister

© AFP 2021 / Oli SCARFFBritish Labour party politician and First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones attends the first day of the annual Labour Party conference in Liverpool, north west England on September 25, 2016
British Labour party politician and First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones attends the first day of the annual Labour Party conference in Liverpool, north west England on September 25, 2016 - Sputnik International
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Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones said that the Welsh cabinet are not puppets of the United Kingdom government.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Welsh cabinet will not be "puppets" of the UK government during the Brexit negotiations, and would defend Wales' interests, First Minister Carwyn Jones said on Friday.

Earlier in the day, Jones hosted the British-Irish Council (BIC), which brought together the ministers from the UK and Irish governments, as well as officials from the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. Following the meeting, the BIC statement read that both Wales and Scotland stood for a single market as well as the "end of uncertainty" from the part of the UK government.

"We're not going to fall in with whatever they tell us… there has to be a proper discussion, and I will defend Wales' interests, people would expect me to do that… We're not puppets," Jones told BBC Wales.

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He said that he was not planning to start a "row" and was in favor of going into the negotiations "constructively."

On June 23, the United Kingdom voted on referendum to leave the European Union. UK Prime Minister Theresa May has stated that the country would trigger Article 50 by the end of March 2017, thus kick-starting withdrawal negotiations. The timing was later reaffirmed despite the High Court ruling in November that the government must seek parliamentary approval before triggering the article.

The UK government has no plans to reveal its negotiating positions on Brexit before the talks with the European Union take place.

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