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Counsel General for Wales must await specific Senedd legislation to attack ‘severe curtailment’ of devolution settlement through the UK Internal Market Act

Related Member(s):
Helen Mountfield QC, Mark Greaves
Related Practice Area(s):
Public Law

Jeremy Miles, Counsel General for Wales, represented by Helen Mountfield QC and Mark Greaves of Matrix and Christian Howells, has been told by the Divisional Court that his challenge to the implied re-reservation of significant fields of devolved competence through the UK Single Markets Act must await a specific piece of Senedd legislation.

Counsel General argued that without the declarations he sought, the Act could prevent the Welsh Government from bringing forward laws in important devolved areas, like food or environmental standards. The Divisional Court held that the issues raised may well prove to be important ones, but should be tested against specific legislative proposals.

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