It’s not confusing at to have separate legislation for Wales. (Okay, only those who promote devolution think this.)
Anyone looking at law in Wales has to consider UK legislation. Anyone looking at UK/English legislation has to look at Wales legislation if they if they may be travelling to or dealing with someone in Wales. It becomes twice the work and always begs the question why is Wales different? That is a question of politics, seldom answered during response to Covid.
A simple example of unnecessary confusion that can arise, demanding time and vigilance to avoid misquoting the law, is the decision to reverse the order of schedules in the principle regulations imposing restrictions on the population. What the England regulations put schedules 1 and 2, the Wales regulations reverse and put respectively in schedules 2 and 1. Why?
- The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020
- The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations 2020
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