Withdrawal Agreement Bill Wales
Brexit minister Stephen Barclay had called on Welsh ministers not to pass the bill and said he respected the result of the 2016 referendum when Wales voted to withdraw. He said he was « under no illusions » that rejection would prevent the law from being passed. The AMs debated on Tuesday a legislative motion on the bill, which was defeated by a majority of the House. This means that all the uk`s deposed legislative bodies voted against the withdrawal agreement. Plaid Cymru AM Delyth Jewell said his party could not support the law because it « threatens Welsh powers, interrupts parliamentary control over negotiations, takes away the rights of refugee children, workers and EU citizens, and unnecessarily excludes any extension of the negotiation process, makes a bad deal or no agreement at all the likely outcome. » « Both governments believe that the agreement you negotiated with the EU will do even more harm to Wales, Scotland and the UK than your predecessor`s previous unacceptable agreement. » I hope you will review your recommendation and support this bill, » he told Brexit Minister Jeremy Miles in a letter published on Monday. The Welsh Assembly joined the Scottish Parliament and the Northern Ireland Assembly and rejected the Brexit Act. Normally, de-agreeing assemblies and parliaments must agree before Westminster can legislate on matters of concern to them. « This bill will be one of the most important legislative acts ever considered by the British Parliament, the Scottish Parliament and the National Assembly for Wales, with important implications for the whole of the United Kingdom and for our future well-being. » This will allow us to respect the result of the referendum in which the people of Wales voted to leave the EU, focusing on other priorities while bringing the country together. » The government was elected with a clear mandate to give the result of the 2016 referendum and ensure that the UK ratifies the deal reached by the Prime Minister before the UK leaves the European Union on 31 January. The chairman of the Welsh Conservatives` group, Paul Davies, said the vote of approval was « a clear opportunity to give the result of the referendum. » Prime Minister Mark Drakeford said the law unilaterally wrote down how decentralisation works in Wales. The Welsh Labour government did not support Mr Johnson`s agreement because it feared it would not lead to close relations with the EU and would not be detrimental to the economic interests of Wales.
Article 22 of the Act gives the Executive and the Northern Ireland Assembly the power to make legislative changes they deem appropriate for the implementation of the Ireland/Northern Ireland Protocol, although this cannot be used (as above) outside the existing devolved jurisdiction. The protocol stipulates that its agreements must be subject to a democratic approval mechanism in Northern Ireland (see p. 38-42 of the Commons Library Research Briefing on the Withdrawal Agreement), although the mechanism is not included in the RETRAIT MECHANISM.