UK Press Association
Carwyn Jones, the country’s most powerful politician, has urged fellow leaders in the UK to sit down and discuss the nation’s constitution before the referendum on Scottish independence takes place.
Speaking during a lecture in the House of Commons, Mr Jones said having a proper convention on the matter would allow England to contribute to the debate – something the Welsh Labour leader felt was lacking at present.
He said: “Rather than simply allow events in Scotland to unfold, and to react to whatever happens when it happens, political and civil society across the UK should be talking now about what kind of UK we want to see.
“One major advantage of establishing a convention would be to enable a more specifically English contribution to the debate. The discussions in recent years on constitutional matters within the UK have been primarily, and perhaps disproportionately, about the governance of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
“The English voice has yet properly to be heard. I can certainly regret the lack of an English contribution thus far, and urge we find a way to rectify that.”
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