Supreme Court judgement on Welsh bill

The UK Supreme Court has ruled that the first Welsh bill is lawful and within the Welsh Government's powers.

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Supreme court judgement is a vote of confidence in the Assembly - Presiding Officer

The Assembly's Presiding Officer has welcomed today's ruling by the Supreme Court as a 'victory for the National Assembly for Wales.' Rosemary Butler said it was a vote of confidence in the Assembly's ability to make laws.

It confirms the authoritative legal advice given to me and demonstrates that the Assembly is a mature institution that has the right procedures and staff in place to interpret and implement the devolution settlement.

Our system of law-making in Wales is unique in the world and still evolving. It is more complicated in its approach than the Scottish and Northern Irish models, and this ruling today is another chapter in that process which demonstrates that the Assembly is making good law for Wales.

I welcome today’s judgment and I am grateful to the Supreme Court for their thorough examination of the matter.

– Rosemary Butler, Presiding Officer of the National Assembly for Wales

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