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Brexit forum for UK regions holds inaugural meeting

By Rebecca Black

A new forum to ensure Northern Ireland and the other devolved regions secure the best deal as the UK leaves the European Union will meet for the first time today.

Chairman David Davis - Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union - is expected to outline his plan for continued formal engagement by offering a commitment to host monthly meetings of the EU Negotiation Joint Ministerial Committee, continual informal engagement with the Department for Exiting the European Union over the coming months, and the sharing of analysis by the department as part of a two-way flow of information.

The inaugural meeting follows the pledge made by Prime Minister Theresa May that she was "fully committed to engaging with the devolved administrations" as the Government negotiates Brexit.

Speaking ahead of the meeting, Mr Davis said: "We are determined to get a deal that works for all the parts of the UK.

"We are starting the formal process that ensures the devolved administrations play their role in delivering on the will of the British people and making the most of the opportunities that lie ahead.

"I want to ensure the free and trusted flow of important information between all parties involved. So we are asking the devolved administrations to bring us their analysis that will help shape our priorities for the negotiation with the EU, and we will share our latest thinking.

"The UK has chosen to leave the EU and we are determined to work closely with the Governments of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales in making a success of it."

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