Plaid Cymru Shadow Cabinet Secretary for External Affairs, Steffan Lewis AM has today hailed a significant victory for his party as the First Minister confirms that a Continuity Bill has been drafted by Welsh Government.
The First Minister's comments came in response to questioning during Monday's session of the Assembly’s External Affairs Committee.
Plaid Cymru Shadow Cabinet Secretary for External Affairs Steffan Lewis said:
“Plaid Cymru has long called for the introduction of a Continuity Bill for Wales which would enshrine in Welsh law, all protections and rights we currently enjoy that derive from EU membership. Crucially, it would act as a legal instrument to prevent an attempt by Westminster to remove powers from the Welsh Assembly – an institution established by two referenda.
“Our proposals for such a bill were initially dismissed by Labour but I now welcome their change of heart and urge them to prepare for the bill’s introduction. The clock is ticking and if Westminster’s Withdrawal Bill passes without crucial amendments, Wales would have lost powers and London will have a free hand to dilute or remove current standards and rights in devolved areas.
“The Continuity Bill is our insurance policy against a Westminster power-grab and a means to protect or environment, our communities and the rights of our citizens.”