P-06-1193 Ask the UK Government for permission to hold a referendum on returning devolved powers
This petition was submitted by Phillip Easton, having collected a total of 392 signatures.
Text of Petition:
The Senedd has no powers to call such a referendum to gauge public opinion about how devolved powers are perceived in Wales. However, they can ask the UK Government for permission to hold a referendum for the people of Wales.
Senedd Cymru (previously known as National Assembly for Wales) has been in place since 1999, based on a referendum held in 1997. We know from the recent independence referendum in Scotland that such a vote is considered "once-in-a-generation", and as such - 24 years later - it is only fair and right that the people of Wales are allowed to voice their opinions once more.
Some think that Wales should gain more powers and full independence, but others believe that a centralised power would be more effective - and cost-effective.
Using the current pandemic as an example, at the time of raising this petition Wales is lagging behind on rate of vaccination, as well as having had the second worst rate of COVID-19 infections in the world (previously reported as the worst, due to a Welsh reporting error): https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/politics/wales-second-worst-covid-coronavirus-19506904
A centralised approach would have benefitted Wales greatly in comparison both in support and procedure.
Members agreed that given the First Minister’s response and the role of the Independent Commission on the Constitutional Future of Wales to explore all options through engaging the Welsh people, there was little further the Committee could do at this time. It therefore agreed to thank the petitioner and close the petition.
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It was first considered by the Petitions Committee on 01/11/2021.
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Business type: Petition
Reason considered: Senedd Business;
Status: For consideration
First published: 19/10/2021