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Prime Minister describes Wales and Scotland's attempts to keep laws devolved as 'unnecessary'

Speaking in Prime Minister's Questions, Theresa May said the Welsh and Scottish governments should work together to reach agreement. Credit: PA/PA Wire/PA Images

The Prime Minister has described emergency legislation put forward by the Welsh and Scottish governments to stop devolved powers reverting to Westminster, as unnecessary.

Assembly members were asked to back the continuity bill in yesterday's plenary session, with Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford saying the bill was a 'fall-back, failsafe-option,' which would be withdrawn were the UK Government to amend its EU Withdrawal Bill.

Responding to a question from the SNP's Westminster leader Ian Blackford MP in the commons this morning Theresa May said that politicians here and in Scotland should concentrate on reaching an agreement with the UK Government instead.

Mrs May says the UK Government has already devolved more powers to Wales. Credit: PA/PA Wire/PA Images

Later in Prime Minister's Questions, Carmarthen East and Dinefwr MP Jonathan Edwards said the Withdrawal Bill would 'drive a sledgehammer through the Welsh constitution.'

Mrs May said the UK Government had recently devolved new powers to the Welsh Government with the Wales Act and wanted to see the 'vast majority of powers' returning from Brussels returning to Cardiff, Edinburgh and Belfast, but where powers related to the UK as a whole made sense to ensure they continued to apply across the UK.