LOCAL councils in North Wales are being urged by the First Minister, Mark Drakeford, to be ready to spend money on infrastructure after Brexit.

He was speaking immediately prior to a Welsh Government cabinet meeting held in Llandudno Junction on Thursday February 21.

This was only the second time the cabinet has met in North Wales, the previous occasion was in 2011.

He said part of his job is to persuade the UK Government to find a way to leave the European Union that puts the needs of jobs and the economy first.

Mr Drakeford explained that in a meeting with the Chancellor of the Exchequer he had heard of some of the things the UK Government may do depending how we leave the European Union.

He said: “Here in Wales part of what I have been talking about with local authorities is that we have to be ready, if the Chancellor decides an economic stimulus is needed, and if there is more money to spend on infrastructure projects and so on.

“Those who are readiest with plans will be at the front of the queue. That’s where I want Wales to be and across North Wales that’s where we need our partners in local authorities and others to be as well.”