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The Welsh Assembly does not have a legal right to be consulted

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And they're doing well, but it's not the same across Wales.

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The schools watchdog says the quality of teaching is weak.

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Assembly members do not have to be consulted

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Supreme Court judges said while MPs will have a vote,

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they rejected the Welsh Government's argument that Assembly members

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have the right to a say before Theresa May starts formal divorce

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Here's our Parliamentary correspondent, David Cornock.

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62% of people in Blaenau Gwent voted to leave, the highest

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There is a mixed reaction to the news that MPs will now get

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Never mind what Parliament has to say.

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Theresa May might be Prime Minister, but I think representing us

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are the MPs, so I think they should have a say, yes.

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In London, Supreme Court judges said it was for Parliament,

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not ministers, to decide how and when Brexit happens, and there

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The court unanimously rules that UK ministers are not legally compelled

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to consult the devolved legislatures before triggering Article 50.

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The Welsh Government had argued that under what is known as

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the Sewel Convention, AMs had to be consulted before

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the process of leaving the EU could begin.

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But the judges found that that convention is not

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legally enforceable, and that relations with the EU

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Despite that, the Welsh Government's law officer

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The sovereignty of Parliament has been upheld, fundamentally important

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to Wales, because we now have a direct voice on that.

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We don't have a veto, Parliament ultimately remains

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sovereign on the point, but we have the opportunity now

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to influence legislation that goes through.

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But it will now be up to MPs to decide whether and when

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It's not unexpected, and I just think the British Government accepts

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the court's decision, so we move forward and we do

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precisely what the court asks us to do.

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The Labour Party says its MPs will not try to block

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Well, I'm going to vote with the wishes of the people

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of Wales and the people of the UK and the wishes of my constituents

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and vote in favour of triggering Article 50.

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With a heavy heart, I do that, because this has

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divided the country, divided my constituency.

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But some Labour MPs say they are prepared to rebel.

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If it is the harsh, brutal Brexit that Theresa May is now putting

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on the table for the British people, then I don't think that

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will be in the interests of the people I represent,

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and therefore I cannot, in all conscience, recommend to them

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that that is the route we take and support it, and if that means

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voting against the Government, then I will do that,

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and if that means voting against the Labour whip,

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Wales may have voted Out last June, but Plaid Cymru

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Clearly, I'm here to take a view, otherwise I might as well

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I will be following the wishes of my constituents, of course,

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who voted very heavily in favour of staying in.

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Back in Cardiff, the dust is settling, and AMs of all parties

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are debating how they will now make their voices heard.

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Staying with Brexit, one of the bosses at Airbus says

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the company is "entering a dangerous phase" if it cannot seamlessly

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move people and products around European countries.

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6000 Airbus workers are based in Broughton in Flintshire,

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The company says any new EU deal needs to be similar

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to current membership, so it can compete with rivals

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Many people in Seattle and in Washington would be more

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than delighted to see this scenario played out, because they will take

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every opportunity to try and undermine the success of Airbus.

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And I take the view that whatever is being decided in Washington

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will also be done very much with what is good for Seattle.

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Police in Swansea are searching the marina

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Marcin Porczyk was last seen in the Wind Street area of the city

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Searches have concentrated on the marina and the River Tawe.

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HSBC is to close nine branches in Wales as part

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of closures across the UK, including in Holyhead, Knighton,

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It says the number of people visiting its high-street banks has

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fallen by almost 40% in the past five years, as more people

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The quality of teaching in Wales is weak and must be improved

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for standards in the classroom to get better.

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That is the warning tonight from the schools watchdog Estyn

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Our education correspondent Colette Hume has the story.

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It is the start of the day for the pupils

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at Tonnau Primary Community School near Neath.

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The school has been singled out by the education watchdog Estyn

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We are constantly challenging ourselves on a daily basis,

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looking at where we can go next, improving literacy skills,

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At this school, they are getting it right, but today's report says

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Estyn says some pupils are underachieving because the work

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their teachers are setting for them isn't challenging enough,

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while in some classes, lessons are taught so quickly

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There are schools where the teaching isn't good enough,

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and in those schools, what we are saying in the report,

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and there is a whole chapter on this, is that they need

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and professional learning in that school.

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The watchdog says school heads need to help their staff

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The union which represents school leaders say they want that, too.

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I've yet to meet a headteacher who will disagree with developing

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their teaching staff, but it is a little bit like

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parents on the sidelines, shouting at their children

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on the field to just try harder - that's not helpful.

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This report is another blow for education here in Wales,

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coming as it does just weeks after the Pisa international school

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rankings placed Wales below the rest of the UK and behind other nations

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including Singapore, Slovenia and Vietnam.

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There is some good news for primary schools in Wales in today's report.

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Younger children's literacy and numeracy skills are improving.

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In around seven out of ten primary schools,

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But when it comes to secondary schools, teaching was rated good

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or better in only a minority of schools inspected.

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In a statement, the Cabinet Secretary for Education,

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Kirsty Williams, said improving teaching and leadership was

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Today's report will make difficult reading for everyone involved

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in education here in Wales, and there will be renewed questions

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about standards of teaching in the nation's schools.

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Colette Hume, BBC Wales Today, Tonnau.

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Football, and after three league wins in a row,

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Cardiff City have lost in their away game against Brighton.

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Let's see what the weather has in store -

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Thank you. The worst of the Falkirk tonight on the other side of the

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Severn Bridge. Having said that, a few mist and fog patches in parts of

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the South and East. The odd spot of rain in the North, which will clear,

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leaving a dry night. Some ground frost in the South and East and

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Palace but milder in the West. Tomorrow morning, looking dry, any

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fog near the border will lift. Sunshine for Swansea, Brecon and

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Monmouth. Cloudy in parts of the West and North. Breezy as well

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through the Irish Sea. For the rest of the UK could watch out for

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freezing fog patches if you're travelling in parts of England.

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There will be some disruption again. The fog will slowly lift into low

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cloud. Some sunshine for the West Country, most of Wales into northern

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England. Scotland and Northern Ireland, cloudy and breezy and

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milder, 10 Celsius. Some rain in the North West with gale force winds.

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Close to home, a nice afternoon tomorrow, fine and bright with some

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winter sunshine. Temperatures 629 Celsius. South to South breeze.

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Quite gusty in the West. Tomorrow night, Cloud will increase, a few

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spots of drizzle and even some snow. Temperatures down to -1 in parts,

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above freezing in Milford Haven, where it will be windy. It will feel

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bitterly cold. A few specks of snow in places. But some dry and -- dry

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weather and some sunshine. Friday, less windy and slightly less cold. A

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few spots of rain, some dry weather as well. The weekend, heavy showers,

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some rain and gradually turning a little bit milder.

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Next tonight, Nick Servini asks, what's wrong with our trains?

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That's Wales Today, thank you for watching.

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From all of us on the programme, goodnight.

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