Sunday, 6 January 2019

Do the Welsh Labour Government actually want to make decisions?

It seems that the Welsh Labour Government  in Cardiff Bay  will itself run some policies by diktat after Brexit
THe BBC reports that  
The Welsh Assembly's ability to scrutinise support for farmers post-Brexit could be "severely limited", a committee of AMs claims.
The UK Agriculture Bill - setting out post-Brexit arrangements - does not allow any role for the assembly.
It means Welsh ministers would be able to introduce a new payment system in Wales without consulting the assembly.
The Welsh Government said the UK legislation was a temporary measure pending its own bill for Senedd debate.
How temporary we can only wonder  but there seems a reluctance to accept the Welsh Government assurance

The BBC go on to say
A report by the assembly's climate change, environment and rural affairs committee said it was "appropriate" for the UK bill to be used as a vehicle to ensure the necessary arrangements are in place after Brexit.
However the committee claimed "the provisions go far beyond ensuring the immediate continuity of financial support".
"They enable the Welsh Ministers to establish a completely new approach to support for agriculture," it added.
"The effect of these provisions will be to severely limit the Assembly's ability to scrutinise the Welsh Government's support for agriculture."
Labour AM Mike Hedges, who chairs the committee, said an assembly bill would be "the most appropriate way" to legislate on a subject of such significance.
The Farmers' Union of Wales has also voiced concern, telling the committee that in

"the absence of proper scrutiny, checks and balances" ministers would be able to introduce "draconian regimes ... far more burdensome and intrusive than those currently in force".

For over forty years Welsh farmers have received payments through the EU's Common Agriculture Policy.
Post-Brexit, that responsibility will fall to Welsh ministers, who want to replace the current payments with two new grant schemes.
However, according the committee's report, the Welsh Government "has not undertaken an assessment of the impact of phasing out direct payments".
Mr Hedges said while Brexit provided an opportunity to rethink farming support, he claimed there was a consensus for direct payments to continue in the short term.
Because the UK bill will affect a devolved matter such as agriculture, assembly members will be asked to give their legislative consent.
The committee's report said significant amendments would be needed before that can happen.

A Welsh Government spokesperson said:

"The UK Government's Agriculture Bill provides powers to enable us to continue to support farmers once the UK leaves the EU.
"These powers will be used until a Wales Agriculture Bill is introduced to the National Assembly and we have always said our intention is to bring forward a Bill by the end of this Assembly term [in 2021]."The use of the UK Agriculture Bill will require separate secondary legislation, giving the Assembly opportunity for full and proper scrutiny. These are intended to be transitional and the Assembly will have further opportunity for scrutiny when a Wales Bill is brought forward."The Bill will allow us to start to deliver a 'Made in Wales' system of farming support, which works for Welsh farmers, rural industries and our communities. We will respond to the Committee's report in due course."
 We can expect Theressa May to bypass the UK Parliament at any opportunity after Brexit, for years especially if we get the predicted chaos and financial meltdown.

Is this the case of the Welsh Government being unable to cope with any Post-Brexit scenario?

In April the Labour Welsh Government agreed to the Westminster Government’s EU Withdrawal Bill which meant that Wales would lose control over 24 devolved policy areas after Brexit.

Can it be that they did so because  they doubt their ability to negotiate the mire after March 29 and believe that we should ask big sister in Westminster to sort it out.

It seems that we have a Government in Cardiff Bay  who don't really want the powers to govern  via the democratic purpose either bypassing the democratic process and facing scrutiny from their peers, or surrendering  the problems to Westminster.

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