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Commission report ‘significant step’ towards independence

YesCymru has welcomed a landmark report into Wales’ constitutional future as a “significant step in the journey to becoming an independent nation.”

The pro-independence group was responding to the findings of the Independent Commission on the Constitutional Future of Wales, Co-chaired by Professor Laura McAllister and Dr Rowan Williams.

In its authoritative report, the Commission said that independence is a “viable” option, adding that it creates the potential for long term positive change, and would grant the power to "devise policies which reflect the priorities of the people of Wales".

It also outlined the “risk” to Welsh democracy unless “urgent” changes are made and called for the Senedd to have powers over justice, policing and rail infrastructure.

It pointed to the “fundamental flaw in the current system of devolution”, saying that it “rests on powers conferred by the Westminster Parliament” and that they “can be taken away by the Westminster Parliament at any time”.

A YesCymru spokesperson said: “YesCymru welcomes the report by the Independent Commission on the Constitutional Future of Wales.

“As an organisation, we see it as a significant step in the journey to becoming an independent nation.

“Though the report does not go as far as we would like, it does make it clear that the status quo is completely untenable, and that rolling back the powers of the Senedd would not be in the best interest of the people of Wales.

“It confirmed that Wales is currently trapped in a UK economy that does not deliver prosperity to Welsh communities and is instead shaped in the interests of the South East of England and the City of London.

“Importantly, the Commission also put independence firmly on the table as a viable and realistic option worth seriously considering.

“YesCymru agrees with the Commission that under the current constitutional set-up, in which the Westminster Parliament has supremacy, Wales is completely reliant on the UK Government to grant the Senedd more powers.

“It also gives Westminster politicians the power to ignore repeated calls by our political leaders in Wales for more powers as well as ignore the settled will of the Welsh people, as they have done for many years.

“It’s perfectly clear that the UK is not an equal partnership of nations as Westminster politicians often like to claim.

“The only guaranteed way of ensuring that Wales has control of its own destiny is to break free from Westminster and become independent.  

“With full control of our money, our laws and our natural resources we will be able the secure a bright and prosperous future for our communities.

“We have all of the talent and ability we need, but for our full potential to be realised we need to demonstrate the ambition, confidence and bravery to forge our own path as a fully sovereign country.”

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