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Westminster committee exploring impact of Brexit on devolved administrations

A Westminster committee has launched an inquiry into the impact of Brexit on the devolution settlement in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The House of Lords EU Committee will take evidence from academics, business leaders and politicians - including Scottish Brexit minister Mike Russell - in Edinburgh on Wednesday.

The short inquiry will consider how the UK Government should reflect the interests of the devolved nations in its Brexit negotiations and which powers should devolved when transferred from Brussels.

Lord Boswell, chairman of the committee, said: "We've been told that Brexit means Brexit but what does that mean for the constituent parts of the UK?

"The UK's overall vote to leave included voters in two devolved jurisdictions expressing a preference to remain. This presents challenges for the forthcoming Brexit negotiations.

"We want to get to the bottom of the effect of Brexit on the devolution settlement, and how the different views across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland can all be fairly represented in the forthcoming negotiations.

"We will explore issues including which powers returning to the UK from Brussels should be devolved, and the resources that the devolved institutions will need to take on these responsibilities."

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