Tories criticise Welsh Gov for ‘demanding more powers’ for Wales
The Tories have criticised the Welsh Government for “demanding more powers” for Wales.
The Conservative Shadow Minister for the Constitution at the Senedd, Darren Millar MS, has hit out at a plan for a commission to look at Wales’ future relationship with the UK.
Millar criticised Mick Antoniw, the Minister for the Constitution, after he shared the intention to establish a Constitutional Convention at the Wales Governance Centre.
He also accused the Welsh Government of “picking fights” with the UK Government.
In his speech, Antoniw accused the UK Government of an “unprecedented assault” on the powers of the Senedd.
He told his audience that a “top-down unionism that believes that the problem will simply go away if it shouts loudly enough and waves a few flags around” was evidence of a government in “denial”.
In response to the speech, Millar said: “Once again Labour ministers are talking to the bubble, rather than tackling the real issues affecting the lives of people every day across Wales.
“Families, workers and businesses in Wales want the Welsh Government to focus on our recovery from the pandemic, not spend time and energy on an unnecessary constitutional convention.
“Instead of picking fights with the UK Government and demanding more powers, the Welsh Government should be using the powers it already has to protect jobs, tackle unacceptably long waiting lists and improve our education system in Wales.”
According to Antoniw, the Welsh Government’s “commission of citizens, which he intends to formally launch in the autumn, “will “facilitate a genuinely national conversation about the future of Wales within the UK”.
An “expert panel” will also be set up to “assist” the commissioners, by providing “expertise and the hard data and information”.
The commissions will be tasked with producing a report with its “recommendations and conclusions” within 18-24 months.