"The Union has never been this fragile", says Drakeford


Mark Drakeford (Image: Getty Images). Senedd (Image: Gwalia).

The First Minister Mark Drakeford has said that the United Kingdom has never been as fragile as it is today.


Drakeford said: "the need for change is urgent – the Union has never been this fragile. If matters continue in their current vein the case for the break-up of the UK will only increase."


The comments were made as he launched a "refreshed version" of Reforming Our Union— "a 20-point plan to make the United Kingdom stronger and work better for everyone".


Drakeford also said that the relationships between the nations of the United Kingdom needed to be reset because of the UK government's tendency to act in "an aggressively unilateralist way.”


"An equal partner"


First Minister Mark Drakeford said: “Wales’ future is best served by having strong devolution – so decisions about Wales are made in Wales – and by being an equal partner in a strong and revitalised United Kingdom.


“For this to happen, the way the Union works must change. And the need for change is urgent – the Union has never been this fragile. If matters continue in their current vein the case for the break-up of the UK will only increase.


“Too often we see the UK Government act in an aggressively unilateral way, claiming to act on behalf of the whole UK, but without regard for the status of the nations and the democratic mandates of their government.


“We see muscular unionism, instead of working towards a genuinely constructive and collaborative relationship between the governments of the UK.


“It’s time for relationships to be reset. The principles and ways of working we have outlined would lead to the strong and durable Union – a Union which we believe would deliver the best outcomes for the people of Wales and the wider United Kingdom.”