The independence debate needs a dose of honesty – but it’s unlikely to come from inside the Senedd

Wednesday saw the Senedd debate independence for the first time as Plaid Cymru put forward a motion arguing that the right to call a referendum should reside in Wales, not Westminster.

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From Indy-scepticism to Indy-enthusiasm: What changed my mind on Welsh independence

Last month I joined YesCymru, the grassroots campaign for Welsh independence. An act hardly worthy of an article, you might say: after all, YesCymru’s membership has grown prodigiously in recent times to over 5,000 members.

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With Welsh independence polling higher than ever it is no longer a fringe movement

The highest level of support yet recorded for Welsh independence is among the stand out findings from the latest Welsh Political Barometer poll.

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New Zealand has shown Wales the clear advantages of independence

Wales has often been called the New Zealand of the Northern Hemisphere, and with good reason.

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A Welsh Constitution IV (b): Head of State – Republic

After looking at possible options for a constitutional monarchy, it’s now time to turn to what’s probably the favoured head of state option amongst nationalists – a republic.

I’ll be looking into the possible powers and role of a head of state in Part VII.

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A Welsh Constitution IV (a): Head of State – Constitutional Monarchy

The next step of this constitutional “journey” starts with the top job – head of state.

I’ll be looking into the possible powers and role of a head of state in Part VII.

With an expectation that I’m going to get some blowback for this particular piece, for the record this isn’t my personal favoured option – I’m a republican on principle but retaining the monarchy wouldn’t necessarily be a deal-breaker if it meant Wales becoming independent in the first place. It’s worth reminding everyone that it took Ireland 27 years to go from a crown dominion to a republic.

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A Welsh Constitution II: Our Current Constitution

Before considering what a Welsh Constitution might look like, the current UK constitution is worth a closer look.

As an unwritten, uncodified constitution the strengths and weaknesses were briefly looked at in Part I.

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Will the coronavirus pandemic stop the Welsh independence movement in its tracks?

One thing that has become evident over the last month is that the coronavirus pandemic is going to become a major, historical turning point on a global scale.

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Wales’ Fiscal Future – Public Finances within the UK & Independence

Earlier in March, Cardiff University’s Wales Governance Centre published Wales’ Fiscal Future – a major paper on the fiscal (public spending, tax etc.) implications of both Welsh independence and the Union (pdf).

There are clearly more important things going on in the world right now and it’s not exactly light reading, but I’m assuming there was an expectation I’d go through it at some point.

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Support for independence up in St. David’s Day Poll – support for Senedd’s abolition flat

Support for Welsh independence has risen again in the latest yearly St. David’s Day Poll, with 11% supporting independence in a multi-option question compared to just 7% last year.

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