Silent Welsh Government complicit in Westminster power-grab


The Welsh Government is complicit in Westminster’s power-grab, Plaid Cymru has said, as the Westminster Government is forced to make concessions to Scotland and not Wales.

It was revealed today that the Westminster Government has offered to allow more than 100 powers in devolved areas to go straight from Brussels to Holyrood, rather than intercepting them through the Withdrawal Bill, but with the caveat of a Westminster veto over their use.

The EU Withdrawal Bill will ensure that powers in devolved areas currently lying in Brussels would be intercepted by Westminster when the UK leaves the EU, rather than go straight to the devolved countries. Welsh powers in the devolved fields of agriculture, fisheries, transport and environment will go back to Westminster, rather than to the National Assembly for Wales.

Plaid Cymru has accused the Welsh Government of sleeping on the job and allowing Westminster to get away with its power-grab, while the Scottish Government has been fighting for its citizens, demanding changes.

Plaid Cymru’s Brexit spokesperson, Hywel Williams MP, says the party will write to the First Minister and to the Prime Minister in Westminster to demand amendments to the EU Withdrawal Bill to stop the power-grab.

Commenting, Plaid Cymru’s Brexit spokesperson, Hywel Williams MP said:

“Once again Wales finds itself under threat from Westminster and our own Government and First Minister are silent.

“Wales voted for devolution and Westminster is using Brexit as an excuse to try and turn back the clock and reinstate Westminster-rule.

“While the Scottish Government is demanding concessions, refusing to back down and protecting the interests of its citizens, the Welsh Government is sitting silently, allowing Westminster to do as it pleases. The First Minister’s silence makes him complicit in Westminster’s power-grab.

“We will be writing to both the First Minister and the Prime Minister in Westminster to make it absolutely clear that any attempt to water-down Welsh democracy and move responsibilities over domestic Welsh affairs to Westminster will not be accepted.”

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