But it will become a second rate Parliament.
The next piece of Devo Dipyn bach will be trumpeted by the Tories and largely excepted by Labour but most of it is gloss.
Even Nationlists will perhaps be dazzled by the Assembly becoming officially the Welsh Parliament. and being able to change the electoral system (which they should), retain current constituency boundariesnd and increase the number of AMs (MWPs) to 80. It would all be a matter for them.
Thee are some key points I admit
As thr Wastng MUle points our
A previous draft Bill was withdrawn after protests that the Welsh Government would have to justify some new laws according to a “necessity test” that would have effectively given Westminster a veto.
There have previously been a number of legal challenges by the UK Government to some Welsh laws, including one that set up an Agricultural Wages Board .
The fear was that the necessity test would allow similar proposals to be blocked.
Under Mr Cairns’ new draft Bill the necessity test would be removed.
There would, however, be a new arrangement under which every law would be subject to an impact assessment relating to how it would affect the legal system.
The assessment would be carried out by the Welsh Government.
A working group consisting of representatives of the Wales Office, the Ministry of Justice, the Lord Chief Justice and the Welsh Government will draw up the principles on which the assessments will be made and how any disputes could be resolved.
“I’m afraid this unexpected addition to the Bill suggests the mindset that devised the necessity test is still alive and kicking in Whitehall.as
“It clearly undermines the UK Government’s claim to respect the National Assembly as a mature democratic institution able to make its own laws without interference.
“Ultimately the Secretary of State would be able to override a piece of legislation passed by the democratically elected Assembly. It is a mindset which sees the Assembly as a second-class legislature. There is no similar provision at the Northern Ireland Assembly or the Scottish Parliament.”
Prof Jones said the impact arrangements were not reciprocal:
“A new super prison is being built at Wrexham which will have a great impact on public services including health and social services in North East Wales. Yet there is no obligation on the UK Government to subject the plan to an assessment by the Welsh Government.”
It seems that all Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns has done is swap Necessity for Impact whilst still hamstringing the Assembly.
There is no plans to devolve Policing and Criminal Justice on similar lines to Scotland and the introduction of the Impact Assessment nay well make further devolution of powers to the new "Parliament" even more difficult.
It may be necessary to oppose this Bill outright , otherwise we , may find we have a legal limit imposed on any chance of parity with Scotland.