NEIL McEvoy, the Independent sovereignist Assembly Member has submitted an amendment to the Welsh Government’s and Plaid Cymru’s motion condemning the Boris Johnson Government in London.

The amendment states that  “a no deal Brexit outcome and the right wing nationalist agenda being pursued by the UK Government in London could very soon lead to the full political separation of the nations currently making up the UK state.”

Neil McEvoy says that it will be prudent that the Assembly, engages

“elected politicians at all levels in Wales to establish a Constitutional Convention, urgently tasked with mapping out what a future sovereign Wales would look like, setting out its future relationships with the constituent parts of the former United Kingdom.”

The South Wales Central AM wants  People’s Assemblies made up of interested members of the public in Wales, to contribute to the work of this Constitutional Convention, with the Youth Parliament included.

Looking to the future, Neil McEvoy’s amendment reads that the Assembly will,

“Engage the best legal minds in Wales and beyond to write a draft constitution for a future sovereign Wales, to be discussed, amended and ultimately adopted by the Constitutional Convention” and “engage the best economists from Wales and beyond committed to the economically and environmentally sustainable future of a sovereign Wales to produce realistic pathways to achieve this.

Neil McEvoy AM said,

” Brexit seems to be hastening the Independence of Scotland and the re-unification of Ireland. We need a national conversation in Wales about the future. We must do this on the back of economic research and a plan. The present crisis also demonstrates that we need a written constitution in Wales. Every state in the US has a constitution and most countries in the world. Why not Wales?”

The full amendment reads:

Recognises that a no deal Brexit outcome and the right wing nationalist agenda being pursued by the UK Government in London could very soon lead to the full political separation of the nations currently making up the UK state, and, to prepare for this eventuality, resolves to today that it will:

  1. a) engage with elected politicians at all levels in Wales to establish a Constitutional Convention, urgently tasked with mapping out what a future sovereign Wales would look like, setting out its future relationships with the constituent parts of the former United Kingdom;
  2. b) create People’s Assemblies made up of interested members of the public in Wales, including the Youth Parliament of Wales, to contribute to the work of this Constitutional Convention;
  3. c) engage the best legal minds in Wales and beyond to write a draft constitution for a future sovereign Wales, to be discussed, amended and ultimately adopted by the Constitutional Convention;
  4. d) engage the best economists from Wales and beyond committed to the economically and environmentally sustainable future of a sovereign Wales to produce realistic pathways to achieve this;
  5. e) constitute a Committee of this Assembly comprised of interested AMs regardless of party affiliation, to define the remit and appoint a Chair and Vice-Chairs for the Constitutional Convention and oversee its effectiveness and progress;
  6. f) Task the Welsh Government with providing the necessary resource to fully enable the above.

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