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Former Telegraph CEO appointed to oversee trade between Wales and England after Brexit

11 Apr 2022 3 minute read
Murdoch MacLennan picture by the UK Government

The UK Government’s Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has appointed a former CEO of the Telegraph newspaper company to oversee trade between Wales, England, Scotland, and Northern Ireland after Brexit.

Murdoch MacLennan, who was CEO of the Telegraph Media Group and is now a Non-Executive Director, has been appointed the first chairman of the Office for the Internal Market Panel.

The Welsh Government have previously condemned the UK Government’s plans to regulate the internal UK market after Brexit as a “power grab”, saying that it took away devolved governments’ ability to resist access to products agreed as part of any trade deals made by the UK Government.

After the legislation passed, the Internal Market Panel was set up by the Government to oversee internal trade between England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales after Brexit and will be overseen by the Competition and Markets Authority.

Mr MacLennan will also join the competition and Markets Authority as a non-executive as the Internal Market Panel falls under the watchdog’s remit.

Mr Kwarteng said: “The independent Office for the Internal Market will ensure we can maintain the effectiveness of the United Kingdom’s internal market to ensure it continues to work for business and consumers.

“With Murdoch MacLennan at the helm, I am confident the body will go from strength to strength as we bolster the benefits of trade to all parts of our great country.”

‘Emasculate’

Mr MacLennan said: “The OIM’s latest analysis puts the value of the UK internal market at more than £190 billion annually, so it is vital that it works effectively.

“I am delighted to be appointed as chair of the OIM Panel and I look forward to working with each of the four governments.

“Our mission is to establish the OIM as a trusted centre of excellence on the internal market which benefits the whole of the UK.”

In 2020, before the legislation was passed, the Welsh Government warned that the Internal Market Act was a “direct attack on the current mode of devolution” and said that the legislation would “emasculate the current rights of the devolved institutions to implement changes to the regulatory environment”.

“The Welsh government is concerned that the long-term survival of the United Kingdom is under great strain and that the approach taken in the white paper will exacerbate those tensions in a way which, if not addressed, will accelerate the break-up of the Union,” then Counsel General Jeremy Miles said.


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Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
5 months ago

It was his Birthday yesterday…Cheers Boris just what I’ve always wanted !

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
5 months ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

If you are bothered I suggest you read his Wiki biography…

The original mark
The original mark
5 months ago

Glad to see the tories are keeping those revolving doors on the move, no fear they’re going to seize up anytime soon.

CJPh
CJPh
5 months ago

Another nail gently tapped into the lid of this beautifully carved and luxuriously gilt coffin they keep building for the UK. Newyddion da o llawenydd mawr.

Llinos
Llinos
5 months ago

At this stage, everything Westminster do in relation to Cymru is designed to troll us.

Kathleen Walker
Kathleen Walker
5 months ago
Reply to  Llinos

Tories are no different than the Russians, murdereous pigs!

Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
5 months ago

The UK Gov is extremely foolish and arrogant. It does not see that its dictatorship will lead to the break-up of the UK because it is so deluded and drunk on its colonial past. This high on colonialism is the reason why there will never be equality in the UK. The break up must happen for more people on these islands to prosper not just the 1% at the moment.

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
5 months ago

More right-wing yes-men appointees by Boris Putin. We all know England’s answer to trading with Wales will be. What’s yours is ours.

Wynford Jones
Wynford Jones
5 months ago

But will the Labour party reverse this power grab if they ever gain control at Westminster? On past experience I think , not. Plaid Cymru stop being useful fools for brit nats. Why did Drakeford invite Starmer to the opening of a Further Ed facility in Bridgend? Education is a devolved responsibility, nothing to do with the “Leader of Her Majesty’s Opposition”. Welsh Labour are telegraphing us their future intentions.

George
George
5 months ago

Nothing good comes form The Telegraph.

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