Yes, Yes, Yes Cymru! - iTunes Charts

Music fans and supporters of Welsh independence are being urged to rally around and get Dewi Pws Morris’ song Yes, Yes, Yes (Cymru) into the iTunes charts.

Adam Phillips from YesCymru wants members of the public to download the song this week, starting on Friday October 16, to try and make the tune a hit.

Keen musician, Adam Phillips from Wrexham, said: "This is a fun way for people to do something for the Welsh independence cause. The news recently has been pretty depressing, but this might just bring a little lighthearted fun into the world. Hopefully as many people as possible will go to iTunes and download the song. It’s a fun upbeat song and reflects the optimism of the Welsh independence movement and the better future that independence can achieve."

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Letter to Labour Politicians - Constitutional crisis brewing in Westminster

Below is a copy of the letter that has been sent to all Labour MSs and MPs


Dear First Minister, Welsh Government ministers, Labour Senedd Members, and Labour Members of Parliament,

You will no doubt be aware of the constitutional crisis brewing in Westminster. Therefore I am writing to you as Chairperson of YesCymru, the grassroots campaign for an independent Wales, to request that you:

  1. Clarify your plan for securing Welsh interests in light of the dangers posed by the UK Internal Market (UKIM) Bill;
  2. Articulate your “plan B” for protecting Wales’ constitutional future, in the event of the break-up of the UK; and
  3. Commit to including a statement in your 2021 Senedd manifesto stating that the right to call any future referendum on independence should sit entirely with the Senedd.

Wales voted to leave the EU. Many Labour supporters voted to leave the EU, as did some supporters of YesCymru. While a number will have voted to “take back control”, not one voted for powers to be taken from the Senedd and concentrated at Westminster. And yet this is exactly what the UKIM Bill does. Jeremy Miles, Counsel General and Minister for European Transition in the Welsh Government, on examining the white paper, was quoted in the Financial Times stating plainly that the proposal “represent[s] a direct attack on the current model of devolution” and “emasculate[s] the current rights of the devolved institutions to implement changes to the regulatory environment.” Given that, according to a recent YouGov poll, an overwhelming majority of the people of Wales trust the Senedd to look after the interests of Wales, as compared to fewer than three in ten who trust Westminster to do so, I would request that you clarify your plan for securing Welsh interests in light of the dangers posed by the UKIM Bill.

A second, less certain, effect of the UKIM Bill is the acceleration of the break-up of the UK. The same article in the Financial Times quotes Jeremy Miles as stating exactly that. His assessment is supported by two recent polls which show that the majority of Scots support independence for their country, and by Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s announcement that the SNP’s manifesto for the 2021 Holyrood elections will contain a commitment to hold a second independence referendum. Former First Minister Carwyn Jones was quoted by ITV News as saying that “if Northern Ireland voted to join with the south and Scotland left, I don't think England and Wales works...it is possible for us to slip into it [independence] without having any choice...A bad Brexit carries with it the seed of the UK's own disintegration.” Given the almost certain passage of the UKIM Bill through the UK House of Commons, I would request that you articulate your “plan B” for protecting Wales’ constitutional future, in the event of the break-up of the UK.

When considering Wales’ constitutional future, I and the other members of YesCymru would support our country being independent. However, no matter whether you support the status quo, favour greater devolution, or agree with a majority of Welsh Labour voters that all decisions about Wales are best made solely by the people of Wales, I would hope that you can agree that Wales’ future should be decided by the people of Wales, and not by the UK government. Therefore, given that the same YesCymru YouGov poll showed that a majority of people believe that the Senedd should have the power to call a referendum on independence, including 80% of Welsh Labour voters, I would request that you commit to including a statement in your 2021 Senedd manifesto stating that the right to call any future referendum on independence should sit entirely with the Senedd.

The unprecedented global pandemic that we are all currently living through was unforeseeable. The present constitutional crisis, on the other hand, has long been anticipated. It would be entirely remiss of the Welsh Government, and of the party that the people of Wales have entrusted with their interests for over a century, to ignore its dangers and to not grasp its opportunities by failing to plan for all eventualities.

Yours sincerely,

Sion Jobbins

YesCymru Chair.

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Majority of Labour voters would vote in favour of Welsh independence

New polling carried out by YouGov on behalf of YesCymru - the campaign for an independent Wales - has shown that the majority in Wales believe the power to call a referendum on Welsh independence should lie with the Senedd (Welsh Parliament).

With those who didn’t know removed, 55% of respondents backed the Senedd having such powers with 45% against.

And for the first time, the majority of Labour voters said that they would vote in favour of independence if a referendum was held tomorrow.

With the figures adjusted to remove those who refused to answer, didn't know or said that they wouldn't vote, 51% of respondents who voted for Labour in 2019 said they would vote for Welsh independence with 49% against.

The overall number in favour of independence remains at 32% in favour and 68% against.

There was also strong support for independence among younger voters, with 43% of those in the 18-24 year old category backing independence, and 42% of those in the 25-49 year old category saying that they would vote yes.

Siôn Jobbins, chair of YesCymru - the campaign for an independent Wales - said:

“These are incredible figures. It’s clear that Labour supporters are now backing independence as the best hope for making Wales a better place in which to live, and for defending Wales against Westminster policies.

“They have been let down time and again by the Westminster system - rich communities have got richer, whilst poorer communities have become poorer and hollowed out.  

“People only need to look around them to see the stark failings of being ruled from Westminster despite Wales being a country rich in resources.

“They live in communities ravaged by failed austerity policies that have put the City of London ahead of the people of Wales.

“It’s only with decisions about Wales being made here in Wales that we can put the happiness and well-being of ordinary people at the forefront of government policy.

“People in Wales also see that 55% of people in Scotland support independence and that the SNP will hold a referendum on independence. Wales can’t afford to put its head in the sand. The Senedd needs to have plans in place to give Wales the option of voting on independence.”

And Mr Jobbins had a warning to London politicians who want to hold back devolution:

“We have seen in this poll and other recent polling what institutions people trust. Any attempt to roll back devolution, any attempt to undermine our Senedd and any attempt to tell the people of Wales ‘no you can’t’ is doomed to failure.

“The people of Wales support devolution and they want to see their rights upheld by our own government and parliament.”

 


 

  • YouGov opinion poll – YesCymru: All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 1035 Adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 24th - 27th August 2020. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all adults in Wales (aged 18+). All figures discount those who responded with ‘Don’t Know’, ‘Refused’ or ‘Would not Vote’.

 

Do you think the Welsh Government should or should not have the right to call a referendum on Welsh independence if the majority of the Senedd (Welsh Parliament) approves?

Should – 55%
Should not – 45%

If there was a referendum held tomorrow on Wales becoming an independent country and this was the question, how would you vote? Should Wales be an independent country?

OVERALL
Yes – 32%
No – 68%

2019 LABOUR VOTERS
Yes – 51%
No – 49%

18-24 AGE CATEGORY
Yes – 43%
No – 57%

25-49 AGE CATEGORY
Yes – 42%
No – 58%

Results in full (pdf)

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Nearly three quarters do not trust Westminster to look after the interests of Wales

72% of the people of Wales do not trust Westminster to look after the best interests of Wales a new poll has found.

With all figures adjusted to remove ‘don’t knows’ there are some startling results for those who want the union to continue.

The poll carried out last week by YouGov on behalf of Yes Cymru – the campaign for an independent Wales – shows that 65% of respondents trust the Senedd (Welsh Parliament) to look after the interests of the people of Wales but only 28% trusted the UK parliament to do the same with 72% of respondents saying they do not trust the Westminster parliament.

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A Third Would Vote for Welsh Independence Tomorrow

YesCymru - the campaign for an independent Wales - has released the findings of a YouGov opinion poll commissioned earlier in August, which shows that about a third of the people of Wales would vote for an independent Wales if a referendum was held tomorrow.

YesCymru Chair, Sion Jobbins, said:

“Once again, this poll shows that around a third of the people of Wales who said they would vote would vote for independence if a referendum was held tomorrow. That’s a massive increase in support from just a few years ago.

“It also shows that support for independence is now mainstream and cross-party, with 42% of those who voted for Labour in 2019 saying that they would vote for independence if a referendum was held tomorrow.

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Welsh Independence - Historic debate in the Senedd

Responding to the historic debate in the Senedd (Welsh Parliament) calling for Wales to have the power to hold an independence referendum, the Chair of YesCymru - the campaign for an independent Wales - Siôn Jobbins said:

“Life and politics in Wales is changing very quickly. Today sees the first ever debate on independence in the Senedd and the right of the Welsh Parliament to be able to decide on the future of Wales. 

“The issue of an independent Wales is becoming more mainstream as people from different backgrounds see that the Welsh Parliament can do a better job of running Wales’ affairs than Westminster. 

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English Independence Poll

End of the Conservative and Unionist party? Tory supporters split on whether they want the union to continue according to shock new poll

A third of people in England do not want the union of the United Kingdom to continue.

With don't knows and those who refused to answer removed, polling has shown 35% of people in England now favour English independence.

The poll carried out by YouGov on behalf of Yes Cymru showed Conservative supporters evenly split on the subject with 49% saying they support English independence to 51% who were opposed.

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AUOB Cymru Wrexham March Postponed

All Under One Banner Cymru (AUOB Cymru), the grassroots pressure group for Welsh independence, has announced that the march at Wrexham on Saturday 18 April 2020 has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

While this is a rapidly changing situation and there are a number of weeks until the planned march, AUOBCymru have taken the decision in order to give all those planning to attend as much warning as possible.

Social distancing, which is recognised as a key measure in delaying the spread of the virus and reducing pressure on our Welsh NHS and other emergency services, means that the sensible decision is for the march planned for Wrexham to be postponed.

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Huge growth in support for YesCymru and independence

Speaking at YesCymru's AGM in Merthyr Tydfil today, YesCymru Chairman Siôn Jobbins said:

 

"Thousands took to the streets in 2019 to declare their wish to see an independent Wales at AUOB Cymru marches - something that has never happened before - and discussing independence for Wales is now becoming an everyday and natural part of life and conversation for the people of Wales.

 

"Former Welsh First Minister, Carwyn Jones, spoke at one of YesCymru’s public meetings at the National Eisteddfod, and a September 2019 YouGov poll showed that between 32%* and 41%* would vote for independence in a referendum depending on the question.

 

“The number of YesCymru members has trebled since the last general meeting to around 2,500, and new groups have been set up all over Wales and are busy spreading the positive message of independence. There has also been tremendous growth on social media, with our Twitter followers doubling, from 10 thousand to 20 thousand, in a year. "

 

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New poll shows surge in support for an Independent Wales

A new Yougov poll published on WaleOnline today has shown a surge in support for an independent Wales. 32%* said they would be certain to vote for independence in a referendum, with 41%* supporting the idea of an independent Wales in the EU if Brexit happens.

Responding to the poll, Siôn Jobbins – the Chair of YesCymru, the campaign for an independent Wales – said:

"This poll has the support for independence at the highest level ever, and clearly shows that the people of Wales are warming towards the idea of Wales becoming an independent nation state just like Ireland, Iceland or Denmark.

"Westminster isn’t working, and people are realising that Wales can do a better job of running its own affairs than being ruled by Westminster.

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