Westminster cedes 70 miles of English territory to ‘Greater Wales’ in petition blunder
Westminster may have just ceded Shrewsbury, Worcester, Hereford and Gloucester to Wales.
A petition submitted to the parliament about pollution in the catchment areas of the rivers Severn and Wye has been rejected on the basis that they are ‘Wales’ responsibility’.
Both rivers rise in Wales but the Severn runs through Shropshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire, while the Wye forms part of the border between the two countries.
The now reopened petition from Mark Cheetham called on the UK Government to control pollution from agriculture in the Wye and Severn River Catchments.
Environmental activist and author George Monbiot picked up on the rejection, calling it “astonishing”.
“A petition about the pollution of the Wye and Severn catchments has been rejected by Westminster on the grounds that they are the sole responsibility of the Welsh government,” he said.
“Could someone lend the officials at the UK Parliament a map?
“While I fully support the territorial claims of Greater Wales, unlike our parliamentary officials I can’t deny the current location of the border.”
The River Severn catchment area runs as far as Coventry and Rugby, extending the Welsh border eastwards by as much as 75 miles.
The Westminster Petition Committee’s mistake caused much mirth on social media, with one user declaring “Congratulations to those who live in Gloucestershire and Herefordshire who now come under the jurisdiction of the Welsh Government.”
“This is an opportunity. It is obvious that they have ceded all control of land, water and resources and the Senedd must promptly act to secure their exclusive sovereignty,” Paul Egell-Johnson said.
“Westminster concedes a large portion of England to Wales, increasing the Welsh tax paying population by 69%,” Rory Bhandari said.
“With Scotland’s impending secession, it seems the Normans and Anglo-Saxons are retreating back to Roman lines.”