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Welsh independence to be considered by new commission

Welsh Labour ministers have set up a new body to examine Wales' future relationship with the rest of the United Kingdom, with Welsh independence being one of the options considered. 

Prof Laura Mcallister and ex-Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams will co-chair the new body with all major parties agreeing to participate in it. The full membership of the commission is expected to be released next month, currently, they plan to produce an interim report by 2022, with a full report following in 2023.

Leading parties have commented on the new commission, a spokesperson for Plaid Cymru told BBC news, that the party "looks forward to engaging constructively with the commission and its work, making use of every opportunity it presents to make the case for independence and that our nation's interests will be best served when decisions over Wales' future are placed in Wales' hands".

However, a Welsh Conservative spokesperson noted that the people of Wales had  "overwhelmingly rejected independence at the recent Senedd elections"; and questioned why the Welsh government "would want to waste its time and resources discussing the topic".

Currently, health, education and local government policy are run from Cardiff, with such laws made in the Senedd Cymru-Welsh Parliament. The proposed commission will explore all possible solutions surrounding the devolution of powers. 

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