and on the Welsh devolution settlement contained in the Wales Act 2017.
This is because a good proportion of the reserved powers have resided in Brussels and so Westminster does not have currently the totality of powers.
When these powers are repatriated, they will be repatriated, of course, not to Wales nor to Scotland but indeed, to Westminster.
A joint body should be set up between Westminster and Wales to see exactly how one can bring about a settlement that is fair, just and lasting.
He explained ….
‘Wales achieved a reserved-powers constitution in that Act. As the House will appreciate, there are two main patterns of devolution. One is a reserved-powers constitution where there is notionally a transfer of the totality of powers and then a reservation of certain specific exceptions. The other is a piecemeal system—what is called conferred devolution—and that is what Wales had from 1964 onwards, when it achieved its Secretary of State, and indeed there have been hundreds if not thousands of what one might call confetti-like situations of conferring individual powers.
If indeed for some reason the mother parliament did not have the totality of powers at the time, it goes to the very heart, kernel and essence of a reserved constitution. I make the case that that is exactly what happened.
A joint body should be set up between Westminster and Scotland and between Westminster and Wales to see exactly how one can bring about a settlement that is fair, just and lasting.’