YesCymru movement ‘growing faster than expected’

Iestyn ap Rhobert

A movement founded to campaign for independence has grown faster than expected, according to its chairman.

YesCymru will hold its annual general meeting in Aberystwyth on Saturday.

Chairman Iestyn ap Rhobert said that they have close to 400 members, and 13 local groups around Wales.

“We’ve grown and grown over the last few months, and the number of local groups have multiplied,” he said.

“The challenge now is to cultivate that enthusiasm. With all the activity and energy, I’m sure Wales will be independent much sooner than anticipated.

“Our goal is clear. To improve the way Wales is governed by securing independence.”

The movement was founded in 2014 after the independence referendum in Scotland.

A recent opinion poll by YouGov suggested that a quarter of the population supported independence.

Iestyn ap Rhobert said that their movement welcomed anyone who wanted to be a citizen of Wales.

“This inclusive message is important for all our members, and is a statement of the kind of independent country we’d like to be,” he said.

The Yes Cymru Annual General Meeting will be held at the Old College, Aberystwyth at 11am on Saturday, June 17.

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  1. Actually, A recent opinion poll by YouGov suggested that a quarter of the population supported independence under Labour rule…..36% under Theresa May/Tory rule

    And you have missed a great opportunity to provide a link on WHERE to join. Duw mawr!

  2. One thought……….I want to use Cymru instead of Wales….but we must think of the rest of the population.

    Is it better to have “Yes Wales / Ie Cymru” name…or …DOES the name really not matter to much? 🙂

  3. Ok a good start. Theres a lot of potential to still grow when you realise Plaid Cymru has nearly 9,000 members

  4. Support for independence moves towards winning territory “when there is a Conservative majority government”, according to Yes Cymru’s research. But my question is, when that happens don’t those people just vote Labour at Westminster elections to get the Tories out? And isn’t the situation then portrayed as a ‘bad election’ for Plaid Cymru?

  5. don’t forget to look the other side of Clawdd Offa. If Liverpool, Shrewsbury, Hereford, Gloucester and Bristol cottened on to how much more affluent and important they would be as border cities and towns then that could make a key difference. If this sounds a biy strange then perhaps we haven’t been looking at things as we should.

    Independence for Wales is much more likely when it is beneficial to a far greater number of people than currently support the idea. Wales is small and our potential support base is vast if we think beyond our borders.

    We have something special that many will buy into. One or two million in Wales perhaps, tens of millions more outside of Wales will make the difference, if wr can tap into them.

    We are the nation with the most thriving Celtic language and culture – we should be able to tap into that and the many who are bewitched by that beyond our borders.

  6. Another point and a key one. I personally would love nothing more than a successful, independent Wales and when I look at it the major obstacle to that, whether we want to believe it or not us the power behind the throne.

    For those out there who are staunchly pacificist, turn off now. An independent Wales must embrace the British armed forces. I can hear the screams now, but the majority in Wales, myself included love and respect our British armed forces.

    We can be independent and the biggest supporter of the realm and our armed forces. No conundrums there for me personally at all. Bring the English establishment and the armed forces along with us to create the independent Wales we all want.

    If I sound as mad as a box of frogs then maybe I am, but to me independence for Wales matters, we could be a hugely successful nation and our language and culture must endure.

  7. Grown faster than expected within its first twelve months.

    Genuine question – what was the target or expectation. Sorry to be grumpy but this is the sort of poorly written article worthy of WalesOnline

  8. YES! So far from British politics it makes me proud! Therefore I joined!

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