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Welsh Secretary David Jones has rejected Wales moving to a system where all powers are devolved to the Welsh Government and Assembly except for those explicitly reseved to Westminster. The Welsh Government had called for a shift to the 'reserved powers' model used in Scotland.
In a speech in Cardiff Bay this evening, Mr Jones said wales has a "long and close (if sometimes difficult)" relationship with England. He claimed the fact that it was founded on conquest made it "subtler" than the negotiated union of England and Scotland.
He also rejected the idea of a separate Welsh legal jurisdiction, even in the longer term. He called on the Welsh Government to make the existing settlement work, saying that since devolution the prosperity gap between Wales and the rest of the UK has grown wider.
Welsh Secretary David Jones has hinted that the Chancellor will announce a deal to pay for an upgraded M4 around Newport during his spending review on Wednesday. Mr Jones used it as an example of how devolution works during a speech in Cardiff Bay this evening.
The Chancellor is expected to place heavy emphasis on the need to prioritise infrastructure projects in order to get the economy moving. But finding up to £1 billion for the motorway improvement is linked to negotiations about granting the Welsh Government borrowing powers .
Those talks have taken longer than expected. There is also the issue of whether the Welsh Government would be granted the toll revenue from the Severn Bridges. The tolls could then repay a loan raised to pay for relieving the bottleneck where the M4 passes through the Brynglas Tunnels in Newport.
Welsh Finance Minister Jane Hutt has called on the UK Government to borrow more money to boost the economy. She has signed a joint letter with the Scottish and Northern Irish Finance Ministers setting out what they want for their countries from Wednesday's spending announcement by the Chancellor.
They call for extra funds to pay for construction projects that would stimulate economic growth and create jobs. But they say their capital budgets should not be increased at the expense of other areas of spending. They claim that the benefits would justify a short term increase in borrowing.
Jane Hutt said that the letter followed what she called a 'useful discussion' between herself, Scotland's John Swinney, Sammy Wilson from Northern Ireland and the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander. But spending cuts are expected as a result of Wednesday's announcement.
Welsh Secretary David Jones will tonight endose the current devolution settlement and urge the Welsh Government to be be more outward looking.
He'll be speaking at an event hosted by Cardiff University's Wales Governance Centre, where he's expected to say the current model avoids a one size fits all approach and allows Scotland and Wales to adapt and evolve to changing circumstances.
He's also expected to take a swipe at the Welsh Government urging them to use the powers they have more effectively.