First Senedd debate on Welsh Independence referendum

Plaid say independent approach to coronavirus means Wales has "proved itself"

Welsh independence is being debated for the first time ever at the Senedd this afternoon.

Plaid Cymru is demanding Wales be granted powers to hold an independence referendum.

Plaid's Leader Adam Price says Wales has “proven itself” through its independent approach to the Coronavirus crisis but warned against returning to the “status-quo” which had “failed Wales”.

He says Welsh independence could be a “force” to swap the “backward-looking politics of Westminster” for the “politics of hope, caring and community” of an independent Wales.

The latest opinion poll for Welsh independence had 25% - an increase of +4 since January.
Mr Price said:

"Wales has proven itself during the Coronavirus crisis by acting independently to protect our citizens from the dysfunctionality and ineptitude of the Westminster Government.

“As we come out of this crisis, we cannot go back to the status-quo. The status quo has failed Wales. Under-investment and unfair funding forms the crux of this unequal union of broken promises - delivered by the Tories at Westminster and defended by Labour through their support for the stagnant status-quo.

“Meanwhile, support for Welsh independence is on the rise and the people of Wales are waking up to the idea that there is another way, another future, another choice. And that choice firmly resides with the people of Wales.

“That’s why we are calling on the Welsh Government to seek the constitutional right to allow the Senedd to legislate during the next term to hold a binding referendum on independence."



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