Would be a ‘catastrophic mistake’ to ‘disregard’ independence, says Labour MS
A Labour Senedd member has argued that it would be a “catastrophic mistake” to “disregard” independence as an issue.
Mick Antoniw, the MS for Pontypridd, said that the push for an independent Wales is a reaction to “an increasingly right-wing, undemocratic, and corrupt centralist Tory government”.
Antoniw suggested in Tribune that people can “see for themselves” that the Conservative government in Westminster is “determined to overturn devolution”.
He labelled the controversial Internal Market Act, which takes away previously devolved powers and centralises them in Westminster, as a “plot” to take away what they “cannot achieve” at an election.
The Senedd member, who does not support independence, but instead wants to see a federal UK, said that the Welsh Labour Party now has a mandate for “Home Rule”.
UK Government minister Michael Gove, recently dismissed a call from Mark Drakeford to devolve more powers to Wales.
Mick Antoniw said: “Although independence barely emerged as an issue on the doorstep in the Welsh elections, it would be a catastrophic mistake to disregard its importance as an issue.
“It represents a number of political undercurrents: a recognition that the current constitutional arrangements are not fit for purpose and need changing, and the reaction of many, particularly among the young, to an increasingly right-wing, undemocratic, and corrupt centralist Tory government.
“People can see for themselves through the Internal Market and the EU Future Relations Acts the actions of a Tory government determined to overturn devolution. This was a plot to secure devolved powers they cannot achieve in Wales or Scotland through the ballot box.
“Radical change is needed. The Welsh party now has a mandate for a radical federalist reform of the UK constitution—in effect, Home Rule—and the starting point is likely to be the establishment of a Welsh constitutional convention to identify and build a consensus for change.”