Stephen Crabb rejects pause for ‘scrap’ on devolution powers

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 09:12 GMT, Oct 18, 2015 |

Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb has denied new plans for devolution will weaken the assembly’s powers and has refused to delay the process.

A draft Wales Bill offering more powers to Wales is to be published on Tuesday.

Mr Crabb claimed some politicians were looking for “a great big scrap” ahead of the 2016 assembly election.

Labour AM Mick Antoniw said his party may oppose a bill which did not give “constitutional clarity” on power-sharing between Wales and Westminster.

The UK government is proposing a “reserved powers” model where powers are assumed to be devolved unless they are listed as Westminster responsibilities.

The Welsh government is in favour of the principle but First Minister Carwyn Jones has claimed the current proposals could “restrict the powers of the people of Wales”.