Independence ‘a question of when not if’ – Plaid Cymru leader Price

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Writing in today’s (Fri 19 July) Scotsman newspaper, Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price AM has said that it’s simply a matter of time before the peoples of Wales and Scotland choose to become independent nations.

His comments come in the wake up Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford’s admission last week that his support for the British union is not ‘unconditional’.

Mr Price says that a ‘democratic deficit’ exists in the UK, whereby people are questioning why their voices aren’t heard by ‘the powers that be’. Mr Price argues that the democratic deficit itself drove the Brexit project which continues to plague Labour and the Tories.

Warning that the coming to power of a new British prime minister who has talked openly about being prepared to countenance a no deal Brexit would be a danger to Wales and Scotland, Mr Price says that we have to think ‘seriously and soberly’ about our nations’ futures.

With support for independence on the rise in Wales, Mr Price refers to a leaked memo authored by current de facto Deputy Prime Minister David Lidington, which conceded that people in Wales feel ‘failed’ by Westminster.

Mr Price harshly criticises Mr Lidington’s response, which is to improve the branding of the few UK Government-funded infrastructure projects in Wales and Scotland, saying it exposes the ‘contempt’ in which the British establishments holds Wales and Scotland.

In a speech at the Centre on Constitutional Change at the University of Edinburgh last month, Mr Price argued that Wales, Scotland and England should adopt a model of cooperation and shared institutions based on the Benelux countries post-independence.

Mr Price says that the ongoing ‘Brexit psychodrama’ has rendered the British state ‘rudderless, without effective government’. He argues that people will only tolerate so much before choosing a different path. According to Mr Price, that path leads only to independence.

Writing in the Scotsman newspaper, Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price AM said:

“What the past three years have shown is that the land of milk and honey promised by the leaders of the Leave campaign was never possible.

“Indeed, any version of Brexit would wreak unimaginable damage on Wales and Scotland, risking thousands of jobs and crucial investment in our communities.

“That risk increases exponentially when the next British prime minister takes office next week. If, as expected, Boris Johnson does indeed become prime minister, the occupant of 10 Downing Street will be a man who relishes the prospect of a no deal Brexit.

“Let us be in no doubt that these are very serious times which require all of us to think very seriously and soberly about the kind of future we want for our nations.

“When Wales and Scotland do choose an independent future – and it is only a matter of when – I also happen to believe England would benefit from an equal partnership as much as our two countries.

“This ongoing Brexit psychodrama has put the UK on hold: standing still, rudderless, without effective government. It is fraying, not just at the edges, but right through its body politic. Meanwhile, the rest of the world is moving on.

“This won’t go on much longer. People can only take so much before they choose a different, better path. For both our countries, that path can only lead to one future: independence.

“It’s just a matter of a time, but it’s coming very, very quickly. It’s time the British establishment realised it.”

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