Welsh Devolution in Perspective

Fri 31 May 2013, 11:30 - 17:45

British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AH

The British Academy and the Learned Society of Wales held two conferences designed to analyse the complex relations between Wales and the United Kingdom as a whole, and with Europe.

This conference analysed Welsh devolution from a multitude of perspectives, looking at the historical and social ties between Wales, the rest of the United Kingdom and Europe. The impending referendum on Scottish independence renders the prospect of wider devolution an increasingly heady debate. Speakers discussed the constitutional future of Wales and the UK, Welsh legal identity, a European perspective and the unpredictable future of public spending in a further divided nation. What role would a devolved Wales play in the EU? Will Wales need a separate constitutional framework? What next for Welsh devolution?

Conference Sessions:

A Broader Perspective

  • Professor Alistair Cole FLSW (Cardiff) (Chair)

  • Professor Kenneth O. Morgan FBA FLSW (King’s College London)

  • Professor Richard Wyn Jones FLSW (Cardiff University)

  • Professor Michael Keating FBA FRSE (University of Aberdeen)


A New Framework

  • Professor Iain McLean FBA FRSE (Oxford) (Chair)

  • Paul Silk (Commission on Devolution in Wales) 

  • Emeritus Professor Thomas Glyn Watkin FLSW (Cardiff & Bangor)

  • Gerald Holtham (Cadwyn Capital LLP)


Panel Discussion: What Next for Devolution?

  • Dr Ian Stafford (Cardiff) (Chair)

  • John Osmond (Institute of Welsh Affairs) 

  • Wayne David MP (Labour, Caerphilly & Shadow Minister Political and Constitutional Reform)

  • Dr Eurfyl ap Gwilym (Plaid Cymru)


The conference was the second of two linked events and was preceded by a one-day conference, Europeanising Devolution, which was organised by The Learned Society of Wales in partnership with the British Academy, and took place in Cardiff on Friday 24 May 2013. 

For more information about the Cardiff event please contact Dr Sarah Morse ([email protected]).

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