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Welsh Devolution in Perspective

Conference held at the British Academy, on 31 May 2013. One of two conferences organised by the British Academy and the Learned Society of Wales to analyse the complex relations between Wales and the United Kingdom as a whole, and with Europe.

Conference held at the British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AH, on Friday 31 May 2013, 10.30am - 4.45pm.

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)

Audio recording of session

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)

Audio recording of session

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)

Audio recording of session

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.

A report summarising these two conferences, Wales, the United Kingdom and Europe, was published in October 2013.