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.
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.
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.
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. "
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.
The third March for Independence will be held in Merthyr on Saturday 7 September. AUOBCymru welcome all who wish to see an independent Wales to join the march, and those interested are encouraged to bring flags, banners, drums and instruments, and to meet from 10.30am on Penderyn Square. The march will start promptly at 12pm. Click here for the full details.
We're proud to announce the new YesCymru central committee elected at our EGM on the 8th of December 2018:
Siôn Jobbins (Cadeirydd)
Cian Ciarán (Is-gadeirydd)
Hedd Gwynfor (Ysgrifennydd)
Gwyn Llewelyn (Trysorydd)
Ifor ap Dafydd
Bethan Siân Jones
Mirain Llwyd Owen
Julian Hughes Watts
We'd like to thank the previous committee for their work.
The following Constitution was adopted at the EGM:
YesCymru Constitution, December 8, 2018
The following motions were passed at the EGM:
Newly elected YesCymru Chair, Siôn Jobbins, said,
"We've spent months discussing the internal constitution of YesCymru. That's been settled now. From now on, the only constitution YesCymru will be discussing will be the constitution of an independent Wales. The UK is dying, all members and supporters of YesCymru now have to work to make sure that an independent Wales raises from the debris of the British state."
Also here's an article on Nation.Cymru.
YesCymru, the grassroots campaign for Welsh independence, has welcomed new research by Cardiff and Edinburgh universities, which shows that 19% of people in Wales think the country should be independent.
In recent years, polls have suggested that support for independence could have been lower than 10%. But the large sample size, of over two thousand people, shows that support is now much higher, at one in five people.
YesCymru launched the most comprehensive document arguing for Welsh independence ever published in Aberystwyth today.