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How Politics Works in Wales

Wales is a county in the United Kingdom home to approximately 3.1 million people. 

As one of the countries of the UK, Wales is subject to many of the rules decided by the UK Government and UK Parliament, however, since 1999 it has also had its own Government and Parliament.

In 1999, the National Assembly for Wales was established in Cardiff, today known as the Welsh Parliament or the Senedd Cymru. In 1999, the National Assembly was given several responsibilities, such as over transport and health, but it had to ask the UK Parliament each time it wanted to make a law. Since an approved referendum in 2011, Wales has been able to make its own laws without needing to seek consent from the UK Parliament, although only in certain areas. Over the years, Wales has gained more powers, such as to collect taxes from 2014. 

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