The booklet you are holding needed to be written. The United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union in 2016. Scotland is readying itself for a second referendum on independence. The peaceful reunification of Ireland is on the agenda. The United Kingdom is changing radically, and Wales must not be left behind.
In the following pages YesCymru will respond to some of the most pressing questions regarding independence. How might a small nation like Wales survive and thrive in the modern world? What resources do we have to call upon? How would independence impact upon our economy and society? And what will our new relationship be with our fellow countries, whether near or far?
Anyone who has long advocated Welsh independence will be all too familiar with these questions being thrown back at us by sympathisers and sceptics alike. This booklet welcomes such important questions as an invitation to engage in rational debate. We hope that some of the content that follows supplies Welsh citizens with the information needed to counter the weak, dispiriting arguments launched against us by defenders of the status quo and empower us to set the agenda for Welsh independence by framing the questions that have so far gone unasked.
Welsh patriotism runs deep. We see it at every international sporting event, in all its modern, complex, inclusive variety and passion. But Welshness isn’t something that we feel only on match days. It is something we all encounter in our daily lives, in our interactions with our neighbours and co-workers, our families and friends.
We also know that pride in being Welsh doesn’t automatically translate into support for independence. This booklet is not only for those of us who already support the cause, members of campaign groups and political parties – but also, importantly, for those who have their doubts; whose hearts are persuaded, but not their heads. The ‘Indy-curious’.
This publication also introduces you to a new and influential player on the Welsh political stage. YesCymru was created in Wales, in the summer of 2014, by a small group hoping to help the campaign for Scottish independence in the run-up to their referendum. The hope and anticipation was that the creative energy experienced that summer would be carried over into the Welsh political debate. Since then YesCymru has grown rapidly, with members and groups across Wales – and beyond.
In 2014, Scotland narrowly voted to remain part of the UK. Following the EU referendum in 2016, their place looks far less certain. The question therefore remains: what possible destiny could there be for Wales? Subsumed within some shrunken and reactionary ‘union’ or an independent nation amongst nations?
YesCymru is campaigning positively for an independent Wales. The next time Scotland goes to the polls, YesCymru will have a nation-wide structure in place and a membership of thousands.
Welsh independence is our birthright; the sovereignty of nations forms the very basis of international law. This booklet puts the case for our ability to govern our own affairs. Faced with the arguments presented here, coupled with the fast-changing constitutional landscape, we ask: How can the issue of Welsh independence be ignored any longer and what possible case is there for the status quo?