Plaid Welsh Government to forge new relationship with Westminster

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Plaid Cymru Leader Leanne Wood has today outlined how a Welsh government under her leadership would forge a new relationship with Westminster, demanding greater respect and representation for Wales.

Leanne Wood said that, as First Minister, she would not hesitate before "dealing with the unfinished business of creating a proper Welsh Parliament", and would begin urgent talks with the UK Government within the first days of a Plaid Cymru government.

These talks would seek immediate progress on the full enactment of the Silk Commission recommendations, the replacement of the Barnett Formula with a needs-based system, the creation of a separate legal jurisdiction for Wales, and the devolution of income tax powers through a simple majority vote in the Assembly.

Leanne Wood added that the current Welsh government's handling of the steel crisis had exposed the Labour leadership's lack of influence and clout in Westminster.

Plaid Cymru Leader Leanne Wood said:

"Under 17 years of a Labour-led government, Wales is politically voiceless in Westminster, and languishing towards the bottom of performance tables on health, education and prosperity.

“Nowhere has this failure of leadership been clearer than in the crisis currently facing our steel industry. The Tories' feet have not been held to the fire on this issue. Thousands of workers have been left facing continued uncertainty.

"It's time for a Welsh government that is willing to forge a new relationship with Westminster in order to secure greater respect and representation for our nation. Under my leadership, a Plaid Cymru Welsh government would not hesitate before dealing with the unfinished business of creating a proper Welsh Parliament.

"To do this, we would begin urgent talks with the UK Government within the first days of taking office, with a view to seeking immediate progress on the full enactment of the Silk Commission recommendations.

"These recommendations include the devolution of policing and the adoption of a reserved powers model - a transfer of responsibilities that would represent meaningful improvements to people's lives.

"We would also seek the replacement of the unfair Barnett Formula with a needs-based system in order to address Wales's chronic and historic underfunding by Westminster, as well as the ability to devolve income tax powers through a simple majority vote in the Assembly.

"Finally, Plaid Cymru would engage with the UK government on the matter of creating a separate legal jurisdiction for Wales to end the anomaly that we are the only country in the UK able to pass its own laws but lacking the proper framework to administer them.

"A Party of Wales administration would work tirelessly to defend our industries and communities from the worst aspects of a Tory UK government."

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