Drakeford refuses to say if he thinks Wales will have an indy referendum in next 20 years
Mark Drakeford has refused to say if he thinks Wales will have an independence referendum in the next 20 years.
The First Minister was questioned about the likelihood of Welsh independence during an interview with The House Magazine.
Though he would not commit to a 20-year prediction, he did say doesn’t see “any prospect” of a Welsh independence referendum in the next five years.
Drakeford, who insisted that he is a committed unionist, told the magazine that he often “gets into trouble” with supporters of Welsh independence.
He has said he wants “radical federalism”, which would recognise that the union is now a voluntary association of four nations.
He said: “In fact, if not in law, nearly a quarter of a century into devolution, sovereignty in the United Kingdom is now dispersed. It is not held uniquely in Westminster decisions are made separately and independently in the four nations.
“We choose to pool our sovereignty for common purposes that we discharge better when we do them together.
“For me, the case for the United Kingdom has always been that it is a great insurance policy: we all pay in, and we’re all able to draw out of it when needs arise.
“When you have a UK government that sees itself in this way, it is also a great instrument and engine of redistribution. It makes sure that opportunities and investments are shared properly around the United Kingdom.”
He also said: ““The experience of coronavirus has shown people in Wales the breadth of independent decision making we already have.
“For some people that has led them to ask the question, would we be better off if we had more of that?
“But when it came to an election rather than an opinion poll, where this was absolutely explicitly in front of them, the result was very clear.
“The proportion of people in Wales who voted for a party that wanted separation went down, not up.”