German academic ‘shocked’ by how much power Westminster has taken from Senedd
A German academic was “shocked” by how much power Westminster has taken away from the Senedd.
Dr Marius Guderjan of Humboldt-University Berlin has argued that the UK Government’s Single Market Act, “undermines in practice” the decisions that are made in Wales.
The lecturer and researcher in British Politics at the Centre for British Studies has said because of it the Welsh Parliament “have to accept” decisions “that are decided somewhere else”.
He made the comments during a discussion organised by the Deutsch-Britischen Gesellschaft Berlin-Brandenburg forum about Wales’s place in the UK.
The discussion also included Ruth Marks from the Wales Council for Voluntary Action and Dr Ed Poole from Cardiff University.
The Single Market Act took away control over state aid from the Senedd and centralised it with UK Government ministers in Westminster.
It also gave Westminster to force Wales to accept food standards in Wales that the UK Government decides as a result of post-Brexit trade agreements.
Dr Guderjan said: “When the Single Market Act was passed or was introduced in the UK, the Bill, I was quite shocked when I realised what that would have meant, what that actually means for the UK, how much it actually undermines in practice the decisions that Wales and the Welsh Parliament and the Scottish Parliament can actually take and they have to accept many of the things that are decided somewhere else.
“While this has fuelled clearly independence in Scotland as I said before, that was also the case for Wales, also I think still to a lower extent, and whether they would leave, vote for leaving I think is different there.”