How to hold a Constitutional Convention, and how to write a Constitution? Can we learn from others? In Watcyn’s Library you will find how other countries built the country their people wanted.

LAW

Laws are the bones which give shape and strength to the country you are building. In Wales our laws, like our larger language, came from England.

HOW COUNTRIES ARE BUILT,  LEGALLY

Before Wales can pass any laws, there must be a consensus of the Welsh people. But when the Welsh people decide that they wish move, they can move in one of two directions. Wales could follow the American Way. Or Wales could follow the Westminster Way. Watcyn’s Library contains the actual texts used.

WALES AND THE AMERICAN WAY

Americans lived in 13 Colonies of England. They had brought English law with them on the Mayflower. They felt bound by English law, but also felt free to modernise it. Each Colony changed its version of English law, and then formed the United States.

The American way was to call a Constitutional Convention in 13 States, and then also to form the United States. All the Conventions worked in the same way.

First the Convention declared that it was a valid assembly of the people which could prepare valid laws. Then the Convention prepared a written Constitution, the first and basic law of a newly independent country.

Click here to read Watcyn’s Library of documents which the Americans used when they formed their own country. Wales could follow the American way.

WALES AND THE WESTMINSTER WAY

Other Colonies of England became independent countries following the Westminster Way. These Colonies stayed within the framework of English law which was run by Courts at Westminster, and laws passed by the King or Queen in Parliament at Westminster. One of the main laws dealing with the independence of Colonies was the Statute of Westminster 1931 by which Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and South Africa became independent.

Using the Westminster Way, a Colony would become a Dominion and largely self-governing, before moving to complete independence.

Click here to read Watcyn’s Library of documents using the Westminster Way. Wales, legally a Colony of England by right of the English Conquest of 1282, could follow the Westminster Way to independence.