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Wales Green Party leader joins YesCymru

01 Mar 2021 2 minute read
Anthony Slaughter. Picture by the Green Party.

The leader of Wales’ Green Party has said that he has joined YesCymru, the cross-party group campaigning for Welsh independence.

He said that he considered independence a “vital step” towards building a “greener and fairer Wales”.

It comes after the Green Party of England and Wales announced support for a Welsh independence referendum at the beginning of last month.

It said at the time:  “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.”

In a message on social media today, Anthony Slaughter said: “Pleased to say I’ve just joined YesCymru”.

“As someone who believes that independence is a vital step towards building a greener and fairer Wales it seemed an obvious thing to do,” he said.

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”


The deputy leader of the Green Party of England and Wales has also said that the opportunities of Welsh independence are “endless”.

Amelia Womack, who is standing for the party in South Wales East at the Senedd election, believes that independence would enable Wales to get to grips with the climate crisis and to better support communities.

Ms Womak, who grew up in Newport, said she believes that Westminster has failed Wales and doesn’t understand what communities need.

She told Open Democracy: “Talking about those economic aspects of how we actually make sure we support communities across Wales while making sure we’re tacking the ecological and climate emergencies.

“These things can’t be done within the current frameworks that we work in, the opportunities in what an independent Wales looks like are endless. Welsh independence is the solution.”

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