Tories’ cherry picked devolution proposals fall short of Wales’ expectations
Plaid Cymru warns that a package that treats Wales as second rate is destined to fail
Ahead to the Secretary of State for Wales’ statement on the Queen Speech, the Party of Wales leader Leanne Wood has warned that the Conservative party’s proposed Wales Bill falls far short of what the people of Wales expect and deserve.
Leanne Wood said that if the new devolution settlement delivered in the Wales Bill is to last, it must reflect the will of the people and respect Wales as an equal partner in the union. She warned that the Conservative Government has cherry picked parts of the Silk Commission’s recommendations which undermines the cross party consensus that was achieved.
The Party of Wales leader Leanne Wood said:
“The Wales Bill that has been published by the UK Government is far from being an agreement. It falls short of the consensus that Silk worked so hard to achieve, and short too of what the people of Wales expect and deserve.”
Leanne Wood warned:
“If the devolution dispensation is to last, it must reflect the will of the people and respect Wales as an equal partner in this Union. Any devolution package that treats Wales as second rate is destined to fail.
“I’m afraid that if the St David’s Day Command Paper forms the basis of the Wales Bill, it has already failed the test of time. It leaves Wales languishing behind Scotland and Northern Ireland and will continue to leave Wales worse off in terms of funding.”