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Wales 'will not play second fiddle' in devolution talks

The First Minister, Carwyn Jones, says Wales 'cannot, and will not play second fiddle' in future devolution talks.

His comments came in a press conference this morning, following news that Scotland voted 'no' to independence in an historic referendum.

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He said: "It's time for our constitution to be put on a coherent footing... The UK has suffered a serious injury, a sticking plaster will not do... The old union is dead. We need to forge a new union."


Scotland votes 'no' to independence: Your views

Voters in Scotland have rejected independence in an historic referendum.

With almost all votes counted, 55% of the electorate have voted against independence.

We're been getting your thoughts on this story on our Facebook page

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A relief that we are still united however the relative closeness of the vote indicates that we need to improve the way we are governed - that goes for whether we live in Wales, Scotland, Cornwall or Birmingham.

– David Powell

This is not the end but the start of a conversation that will effect everyone in the UK. There is a view that the Welsh Assembly, the Northern Ireland Assembly and English Regions should, at least, receive more powers and this is bound to impact business by way of various tax measures which in turn has an effect on employment. So last nights result is just the beginning.

– Des Lloyd

I'm pleased we are still United Kingdom. Let's hope the powers promised from Westminster extend to Wales too.

– Mary Rees

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Welsh celebrities react to Scotland's 'no' vote

Welsh celebrities have taken to Twitter this morning to voice their opinions on Scotland's decision to remain part of the UK.

Shadow Welsh Secretary: 'It will be up to a Labour government to deliver Scottish people's expectations'


Your views: What does Scotland's 'no' vote mean for Wales?

Voters in Scotland have rejected independence in an historic referendum, with wide-ranging implications for devolution in Wales and the rest of the UK.

We want to hear from you, across Wales - for your reaction on the 'no' vote in Scotland - and what it means for Wales.

You can get in touch with us in the following ways:

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Plaid Cymru: Britain has 'changed forever' following Scottish referendum vote

Following today’s referendum result in Scotland, Plaid Cymru has said that Britain has changed forever and that business as usual in terms of how the nations are governed is not an option.

The people of Scotland have spoken and it is right to respect their decision. What is clear however is that Britain has changed forever and we cannot go back to business as usual.

It is precisely 17 years to the day that the people of Wales awoke to their new political nationhood following our devolution referendum.

Since then our national journey has been characterised by false dawns and failures of imagination. Wales can no longer be a spectator in its own national journey.

A new process must now begin involving all the nations of the UK to ensure meaningful and significant decentralisation.

– Leanne Wood AM, Leader, Plaid Cymru

Plaid Cymru also say the party remains sceptical about the promises of new powers, but any offers to Scotland must also be offered to Wales.

Welsh Liberal Democrats: Wales must unite in call for more powers

Following the decision of the people of Scotland to reject separation from the United Kingdom, the Welsh Liberal Democrats are calling for the parties of Wales to unite in a call for the devolution of powers to a fully functioning Parliament.

Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, Kirsty Williams AM, has challenged the other Welsh parties to fully sign up to the recommendations of the second Silk commission.

I am delighted that the people of Scotland have chosen to remain part of the United Kingdom. This is good news for Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom, Wales included. However it’s clear that the UK will never be the same again, and as the entire country discusses its future Wales must not be left behind.

I’m absolutely clear that all parties must unite and speak with one voice as we call for power to be brought closer to the people of Wales. If we don’t, there is a huge threat that our nation could be marginalised and our voice diminished.

– Kirsty Williams AM, Leader, Welsh Liberal Democrats
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