Rejected petition Hold Welsh referendum to return power back to UK Government

The Government should hold a referendum in Wales on whether to devolve powers from the Welsh Government to the central UK government to avoid confusion in separate rules and laws.

Why was this petition rejected?

It’s about something that the Senedd or Welsh Government is not responsible for.

The Government of Wales Act 2006 establishes the extent of the Senedd’s power to make new laws and amend existing law (also known as legislative competence). Schedules 7A and 7B of the 2006 Act set out the issues which are ‘restricted’ or ‘reserved’ - i.e. areas where the UK Parliament, not the Senedd, can legislate.

A referendum on this subject would need to be called by the UK Government or the UK Parliament, or specific powers would need to be granted to the Senedd in order for such a referendum to take place.

As a result, it is not possible for the Senedd to take the action called for by your petition.

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