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Wales Act 2014

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13Proposal for referendum by Assembly

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(1)This section applies if—

(a)the First Minister or a Welsh Minister appointed under section 48 of GOWA 2006 moves a resolution in the Assembly that, in the Assembly’s opinion, a recommendation should be made to Her Majesty to make an Order under section 12(1), and

(b)the Assembly passes the resolution on a vote in which the number of Assembly members voting in favour of it is not less than two-thirds of the total number of Assembly seats.

(2)A resolution moved under subsection (1)(a) must state whether the voting age at the proposed referendum is to be 16 or 18.

(3)The First Minister must, as soon as practicable after the resolution is passed, ensure that notice in writing of the resolution is given to the Secretary of State.

(4)Within the period of 180 days beginning immediately after the day on which notice under subsection (3) is received by the Secretary of State—

(a)the Secretary of State or the Lord President of the Council must lay a draft of a statutory instrument containing an Order under section 12(1) before each House of Parliament, or

(b)the Secretary of State must give notice in writing to the First Minister of the refusal to lay a draft under paragraph (a) and the reasons for that refusal.

(5)As soon as practicable after the First Minister receives notice under subsection (4)(b)

(a)the First Minister must lay a copy of the notice before the Assembly, and

(b)the Assembly must ensure that the notice is published.

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