YesCymru welcomes a landmark report into Wales’ constitutional future as a significant step in the journey to becoming an independent nation. This is in response to the findings of the Independent Commission on the Constitutional Future of Wales co-chaired by Professor Laura McAllister and Dr Rowan Williams, which was released today.
In its authoritative report, the Commission says that independence is a “viable” option for Wales, creating 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 outlines the “risk” to Welsh democracy unless “urgent” changes are made, and calls for the Senedd to have powers over justice, policing, and rail infrastructure.
An untenable status quo
The Commission points to a “fundamental flaw in the current system of devolution”, saying that it “rests on powers conferred by the Westminster Parliament” that can be taken away by that same body at any time”. 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.
Its findings confirm that Wales is currently trapped in a UK economy which does not deliver prosperity to Welsh communities. It is instead shaped in the interests of the South East of England and the City of London.
Importantly, the Commission puts independence firmly on the table as a viable and realistic option worthy of serious consideration.
Ignoring the will of the people
YesCymru agrees with the Commission that, under the current constitutional arrangement, in which the Westminster parliament has supremacy, Wales is completely reliant on the UK government to grant the Senedd more powers.
This also gives Westminster politicians the power to ignore repeated calls by our political leaders in Wales for more powers. And to 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.
Independence and destiny
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 to 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, bravery, and confidence to forge our own path as a fully sovereign country.
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