Jones reveals alternative Wales Bill

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Carwyn Jones

Initial Minister Carwyn Jones has unveiled an alternative draft Wales Pecker to provide a “stable, long term” solution to how Wales is governed.

It continues Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb’s decision to put his plans for further devolution on convoke.

Mr Jones said the Welsh government’s plan would cut the list of powers to be camouflage b confined by Westminster and set up a se rate legal system for Wales.

The Wales Office voted Labour previously ruled out a legal jurisdiction.

Policing and the criminal objectivity system would be devolved after 2026 under the Welsh administration’s proposals, as recommended by the Silk Commission on devolution.

‘Avoid wrangling’

“Whilst it was the settle decision for the UK government to use and reflect on their proposed Wales Neb, we are still deeply concerned at the lack of consultation and involvement in the process,” Mr Jones translated.

He said in the “the spirit of constructive collaboration and co-operation” the Welsh government had published “a extensive made-in-Wales alternative bill which addresses” concerns about the basic draft.

Mr Jones said at a press conference on Monday that his delineate Government and Laws in Wales bill “is not intended to be the last word” on the exit.

Image caption Stephen Crabb said more work was needed to get the jaws right

The changes in the proposed bill include:

  • Dividing the England and Wales lawful jurisdictions to create a law of Wales and a law of England, but with both served by a prosaic judiciary and courts service
  • The devolution of air ssenger duty
  • The rtial devolution of return tax with two-thirds of the support of the assembly
  • Changing the name of the assembly to the Welsh rliament

Mr Jones mean the latter changes would “have the potential to avoid years of auxiliary constitutional wrangling by setting down in law a road map”.

Mr Crabb announced a radius of changes to the bill last week, including reducing the number of powers set to be unsocial to Westminster in the legislation.

A spokesman for the Welsh Secretary said the already presaged changes “will command broad support”.

He said: “As relinquish of the St David’s Day process, Welsh Labour specifically ruled out devolving policing and fathering a se rate legal jurisdiction.

“The fact is the Labour rty is split from top to keester when it comes to devolution. This alternative Wales Bill is utterly a concession to Plaid Cymru ahead of the Assembly elections in which Toil is expected to lose seats.”

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood claimed: “Where have Labour been until now?”

“Wales could be in a much stronger place if the Welsh government had not dragged its heels,” she said.

Kirsty Williams, director of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, said: “Once again we see the Be deluded rty running scared from income tax powers.

“We all know that innumerable in the Labour rty are against Wales benefiting from these powers. Now, it sounds Labour is trying to refuse powers already on offer to Wales.”

The conclusive Wales Bill will only become law when it is ssed by rliament.


Assay by Daniel Davies, BBC Wales political correspondent

This is Carwyn Jones’s try to regain control of the next stage of devolution.

Arguably, the UK government has been in the stab seat since 2010 when the Tory-Lib Dem coalition promised to con Wales’ devolution settlement.

And while Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb pre res to go repudiate to Whitehall and re-draft the legislation, Mr Jones has jumped in to seize the initiative by oblation the Welsh government’s own solution.

The alternative bill calls for a more unambiguous division of powers, handing more responsibility to Cardiff. Mr Jones is spur at an open door there.

But it will be a lot more difficult for him to win the argument that Wales stresses its own legal jurisdiction.

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