YesCymru backs petition to make St David’s Day a bank holiday
YesCymru has backed a petition to make St David’s Day a bank holiday.
The grassroots pro-independence group a has thrown its weight behind a campaign to pressure the UK Government into devolving the powers to create bank holidays for Wales to the Welsh Government.
Wales’ bank holidays are currently controlled from Westminster and not the Senedd. This is despite Scotland and Northern Ireland already having the power to designate respective patron saint Bank Holidays.
In the petition, by Elfed Wyn ap Elwyn to the UK Government and Parliament, which has had over 3,500 signatures so far, it is argued that it is “time to make this special day a bank holiday in Wales”.
If the petition receives 10,000 signatures the UK Government will respond to it, and if it receives 100,000 signatures it will be considered for debate in the UK Parliament. The deadline for the petition is 14 April 2022.
In a message to members, YesCymru said: “We’ve shared some links to the campaign to make St David’s Day a bank holiday on social media alongside our graphics.
“We know that not everyone spends their whole life on Twitter or Facebook so we wanted to take a few moments to draw your attention to the campaign here. If you’ve got time could you help Elfed reach 10,000 signatures and see if we can make parliament respond”.
Back in 2000, the then National Assembly for Wales voted unanimously in favour of a St David’s Day bank holiday. However the democratic vote in the Welsh legislature was ignored by Westminster.
In 2014 it was reported that First Minister Carwyn Jones had written to the Secretary of State for Wales to seek the power to make Wales’ national day a bank holiday. But the move was rebuffed by the UK Government’s Wales Office.
The petition states: “Dydd Gwyl Dewi / St David’s Day has always been a significant day in Cymru / Wales, and has been used to celebrate everything Welsh.
“It’s time to make this special day a bank holiday in Wales, just like Scotland has St Andrew’s Day, and Ireland has St Patrick’s Day as bank holidays.”
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