The speaker of the House of Commons at the UK Parliament, John Bercow, said that he would accept a debate on independence in the chamber. After a question by MP Hywel Williams, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Catalonia, Bercow said he would greenlight a discussion over a potential breakup of Wales.
I raised a Point of Order for @Plaid_Cymru on the twelve Catalan leaders on trial simply for organising a democratic referendum on Catalan independence.
— Hywel Williams AS/MP 🏴 (@HywelPlaidCymru) February 13, 2019
“It is of course entirely orderly for there to be a debate in this house on Welsh independence” he stated. “Members enjoy immunity for the words they utter in this chamber, and can come to no grief as a result of their freedom of expression.”
He further said that on the matter raised by Williams, he and his colleagues are “very content with [their] arrangements.” “I think,” concluded Bercow, “that they could, perhaps—in important respects—be imitated by others who proclaim a commitment to democracy.”
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