Before I begin i will remind you of the pertinent part of the Act of Union of 1535
The Act declared King Henry's intentions, that because of differences in law and language:
some rude and ignorant People have made Distinction and Diversity between the King's Subjects of this Realm, and his Subjects of the said Dominion and Principality of Wales, whereby great Discord, Variance, Debate, Division, Murmur and Sedition hath grown between his said Subjects;) His Highness therefore of a singular Zeal, Love and Favour that he beareth towards his Subjects of his said Dominion of Wales, minding and intending to reduce them to the perfect Order, Notice and Knowledge of his Laws of this Realm, and utterly to extirp all and singular the sinister Usages and Customs differing from the same, and to bring the said Subjects of this his Realm, and of his said Dominion of Wales, to an amicable Concord and Unity..."
- and therefore:
- "That his said Country or Dominion of Wales shall be, stand and continue for ever from henceforth incorporated, united and annexed to and with this his Realm of England;"
In other words after after 1535 Wales as a Nation ceased to exist
Is there a concerted move by Labour and Conservative in Wales to build a momentum scrap the Welsh Assembly and take us back to that status?
I don't think so ,but the actions of some AM would lead you to be forgiven for thinking so.
"People will have formed a view that coming out of the EU is the answer to a lot of what they are angry or concerned about."
Lee Waters, Labour AM for Llanelli, said that public support for devolution had grown since the assembly was established."So the disillusionment we've obviously seen with politicians in some sense, coming out of the Brexit decision, I think could be quite a lot worse in five years' time,it could easily be that we face challenge within that sort of time frame".
He said it was a "threat to the continued existence" of the institution.
"I am not saying in five years' time people will say they will want to get rid of the assembly but over time that could be the result of continued disillusionment."
"But the populist backlash towards everything resembling the establishment that has been unleashed by austerity is an unpredictable force," he said.Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies has warned that he believes a referendum on abolishing the Welsh Assembly would succeed if it was held now.
"To date the assembly has been seen to be on the right side of public opinion, but complacency could change that."
"Despite continued efforts, on that test it has so far failed to fulfil its potential," he said.
"We need to fight like the future of devolution depends upon it, and come together - cross-party - to agree an economic plan that can silence the doubters and deliver on devolution's promise."
“Last week a fellow farmer asked me if I thought a referendum on devolution could be won in the new post-Brexit landscape, or if the contagion would spread beyond Brussels and engulf Cardiff Bay if voters were asked to have their say again.It is interesting that Brexit has been raised by those warning about the threat to the Assembly .
“The fact of the matter is that I don’t think that such a campaign could be won today. The result was tight in 1997, but if the question were put to the people tomorrow I believe that they would vote to abolish the National Assembly.
“I say that with no pleasure. Having initially opposed devolution, I have become a passionate but pragmatic advocate. I take huge pride in the role I have been elected to serve, even if I don’t believe that the Welsh Government has made the best use of the tools at its disposal to deliver for Welsh communities - and that’s why the reaction of the Welsh Government to the referendum has been so frustrating.”
“We also need to ensure that communities across Wales feel that the Welsh Government is representative, not distant and remote.
“Sadly, instead of seeking to reflect the will of the people they represent, the Welsh Government is effectively seeking to subvert the result of the referendum. It is taking up a position of constant obstruction, and refusing to engage with people who campaigned for the ‘other side’.
“But they shouldn’t forget that in five Assembly elections, turnout has never exceeded 50%, and while the public may support the principle of local decision-making there is very little evidence to suggest any great affection for the Assembly itself.
“Frankly, if an institution as embedded as the European Union can be swept aside by the prevailing wind of public opinion, then it’s crazy to think that the Welsh Assembly would withstand it.”
Can it mean that there is a feeling in some quarters that Brexit represented a protest from those who feel marginalised and discontented and this is a can be tapped into other campaigns which whilst claiming to be anti-establishment are quite the opposite and will secure power in the corridors of power and permanent Tory Government.
Will we be seeing a campaign to undermine the Assembly by making it seem to ineffectual and a waste of money.
Mind you that's what I thought Carwyn Jones has been doing since he became First Minister,
I believe there is a threat to the Assembly but it is not by standing by and allowing Westminster to rubber stamp the Brexit negotiations on our behalf.
The threat from Brexit and indeed Scotland leaving the Union could lead to the end of Wales as Nation.
Both I believe are inevitable and the latter hoped for , But rather than seeding the weeds of an Abolish the Assembly campaign, all the Parties in Wales should rally around building a Welsh legislature that works and fighting any reversal that could lead us back to 1535.