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England and Wales Green Party backs Welsh independence referendum

02 Feb 2021 2 minute read
Jonathan Bartley and Sian Berry, Green Party Leadership

The Green Party of England and Wales has announced support for a Welsh independence referendum.

It announced on its backing for it on Twitter in response to a Telegraph article on the independence movement in Wales, and the growth in the YesCymru movement.

It said:  “We believe communities and countries should have the power to determine their own future.

“That’s why we’ll campaign for independence in a referendum on Wales’ place in the UK.”

It comes after the Wales Green Party, a semi-autonomous political party within the Green Party of England and Wales voted in favour of backing Welsh independence at a future referendum at their autumn conference.

At that time, the Welsh branch of the party said “In the event of a referendum on Welsh independence, the Wales Green Party commits to campaigning in favour of seceding from the United Kingdom.”

Emily Durrant, a Green Party Councillor in Powys said that it was “a huge day for the party and an important day for me personally”


In his speech at the conference, Anthony Slaughter, the Wales Green Party leader, said they were aiming to elect their first Senedd Member at next May’s elections.

“This is our chance, our opportunity to get our radical message heard, to truly engage with the people of Wales, with our communities, to challenge the stale ‘business as usual’ status quo,” he said.

“This will be our chance, our opportunity to make that historic breakthrough and get the elected Green representation in the Senedd that Wales so desperately needs.

“These challenging times demand urgent and radical action. Warm words and soundbite slogans are not enough.

“Wales Green Party’s bold and ambitious plans for a Green New Deal for Wales will deliver the changes needed in Wales, providing safe, secure lives for all and ensuring carbon reduction targets are reached at the scale and pace needed to tackle the Climate Emergency.”

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