Westminster holding Wales back by rejecting tidal lagoon

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Wales is being held back by Westminster, Plaid Cymru has said, following a decision to reject the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon, despite all-party support in Wales.

The Welsh Government, Plaid Cymru, the Conservatives, UKIP, the Liberal Democrats as well as independent AMs in the National Assembly have all backed the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon but Westminster has rejected the proposal on Wales’s behalf.

Plaid Cymru’s Energy spokesperson in Westminster, Liz Saville Roberts MP says the decision demonstrates the need for Wales to gain greater control over its own future.

Commenting, Plaid Cymru’s Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy spokesperson, Liz Saville Roberts MP, said:

“Every single party represented in the National Assembly has backed the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon and yet, Westminster has told us we can’t do it.

“It is a sorry state of affairs that our national parliament can be so wilfully overruled by a Westminster government over the border, for whom the people of Wales did not vote.

“Wales’s coastline is an untapped resource. The tidal lagoon would have been a first step towards making Wales a world leader in a new and innovative technology with the potential to power our future.

“Westminster is refusing to invest to create well-paid jobs in Wales, while at the same time threatening the ones which already exist, through its irresponsible stance on Brexit.

“This latest block on Wales’ future is a perfect demonstration of the need for Wales to gain greater control over its own future. We cannot continue to allow our country to be held back by Westminster.”

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