Withdrawal Bill threatens UK with imminent constitutional crisis

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Tories tighten London’s grip on Wales as Labour sit on hands

Plaid Cymru has expressed fury at the British Government’s Withdrawal Bill which it says threatens the UK with an “imminent constitutional crisis”.

The Withdrawal Bill will enable the British Government to legislate in areas currently devolved to the National Assembly for Wales. It will create new UK-wide policy frameworks in areas devolved to Wales, limiting the Welsh Government’s ability to govern the country.

Plaid Cymru has attacked the First Minister of Wales for “shamefully failing to fulfil his obligations” and allowing the Tories to ignore the national boundaries within the British State, threatening Welsh nationhood. The party has described the First Minister’s failure to stand up to Westminster as a “dereliction of duty”.

The party’s leader in Westminster, Liz Saville Roberts says that provisions contained within the Withdrawal Bill will “rip up the devolution rule book”, calling on the British Government to back down and respect national boundaries.

Commenting, Plaid Cymru’s Westminster group leader, Liz Saville Roberts MP, said:

“The British Government’s wilful disrespect of the national boundaries within the British State is threatening the UK with an imminent constitutional crisis.

“I am furious that the British Government can be so brazen in its encroachment on Welsh nationhood and that our own Labour Welsh Government has been so utterly incompetent in standing up to them.

“The First Minister has shamefully failed to fulfil his obligations and has allowed the Tories to rip up the devolution rule book - it is nothing short of a dereliction of duty as our country’s First Minister.

“It is no accident that, once again, Wales is treated as a third rate partner in this Union. Whilst his Scottish and northern Irish counterparts have demanded their interests be respected, the Welsh First Minister has been sitting on this Bill for two weeks, silent and obedient as the Tories completely disregard the Welsh national boundary and Welsh devolution.

“This Bill is a deliberate attempt to tighten London’s grip on Wales, masked as a constitutional necessity. It will ensure that Westminster will once again be able to legislate in domestic Welsh fields devolved to the Welsh Government.

“Plaid Cymru will use every possible means to bring down this Bill, be it through Parliament or the courts. The Labour Party must stop sitting on their hands and start standing up for Wales.”

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