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Welsh independence summit to discuss way forward planned for Swansea next month

23 Dec 2022 2 minute read
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Groups campaigning for independence for Wales will hold a summit to discuss the way forward in Swansea next month.

The organisers from the think tank Melin Drafod say the event will be a chance for campaigners to discuss how Wales becomes independent.

The event comes amid further discussion about uniting the island of Ireland and all recent polling showing majority support for Scottish independence.

A recent ruling from the UK supreme court denying an independence vote also raises questions about how people in Wales could have their say.

Among the speakers at the Swansea summit will be Welsh Green Party Leader Anthony Slaughter, Plaid Cymru Leader Adam Price MS, Cllr Rachel Garrick from Welsh Labour for Independence, Sam Coates from Undod, YesCymru’s Gwern Evans, Senedd Member Luke Fletcher, and Mirain Owen from Cymdeithas yr Iaith.

‘Unravelling’

Talat Chaudhri, Chair of think tank Melin Drafod, said: “We are coming together because Wales needs to discuss its strategy to become an independent state. There is no time to lose – with the UK quickly unravelling, Wales needs to be ready for its future as a progressive, independent country.

“Wales’ independence is in touching distance, but we need a plan to ensure that we can use the powers of independence to build together a society that is fair, green and progressive. If we get the plan right, we can be a beacon to the rest of the world.

“We cannot rely on others to shape our destiny for us: we, the ordinary citizens of Wales, need to take the lead ourselves.”

The independence summit will be held on Saturday 28 January in the Brangwyn Hall in Swansea. Further information can be found by going to melindrafod.cymru.


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I.Humphrys
I.Humphrys
1 month ago

My opinion, is that the “way forward” is an omni-political party be formed to go for Independence; why not name it “Independence”.
Priority should be Indy. We can squabble about power once we have it.

Jonathan Edwards
Jonathan Edwards
1 month ago
Reply to  I.Humphrys

Agree. Wales actually had a party that would grow into an ANC or Indian Congress Party. It was called Plaid Cymru. But since the’80s it preferred virtue-signalling to growth. Melin Drafod appears to have the same problem. But watch this space I.Humphreys and you may have some good news before too long.

Leigh Richards
Leigh Richards
1 month ago

It’s still called plaid cymru and it’s still campaigning for independence for Wales – and as recently as May 2021 it campaigned on a manifesto promising a welsh indy referendum. There is zero support in Wales for a Trumpian style indy party you seem to crave – as the derisory results Gwlad got last year showed.

Valerie Matthews
Valerie Matthews
1 month ago

Well, lets face it, what exactly has the UK Government ever done for Wales? Belittled it, ignored it, and robbed it of its Natural resources. If Independent? could anything be worse? I am beginning to wonder!

Lib Dem YesCymru infiltrator
Lib Dem YesCymru infiltrator
1 month ago

Greens, Plaid, Undod, Cymdeithas. the Momentum side of Labour.
There is no real difference between those groups’ economic views.
The IndyWales movement is still not diverse enough for independence.

Leigh Richards
Leigh Richards
1 month ago

Thankfully anti immigrant, welfare state slashing, climate change deniers are thin on the ground in the welsh indy movement

Last edited 1 month ago by Leigh Richards
NOT Grayham Jones
NOT Grayham Jones
1 month ago
Reply to  Leigh Richards

Anti immigrant sentiment is hardly thin on the ground in the Welsh Indy movement – i see comments on here constantly which are derogatory towards “English” immigrants who now live in Wales. But in the World of Welsh Indy they do not count. Thing is if you were ever to achieve a indie vote you would need these so called “immigrants” to vote for it so perhaps you need to get rid of the anti immigrant brigade sooner rather than latter.

Jon
Jon
1 month ago

Welsh nationalism lives in denial of its own short comings, I see them all the time referring to Brexit voting racist England from their all white – welsh speaking – anti incomer rural heartlands.

If the English are so racist why is it so much more multicultural than Scotland and wales ?

Leigh Richards
Leigh Richards
1 month ago

People making groundless claims against the welsh indy movement from behind fake usernames dont count

hdavies15
hdavies15
1 month ago
Reply to  Leigh Richards

Challenging and questioning the responses to climate and environmental issues seems to be a taboo subject here in Wales, as it is elsewhere in UK. The “my way or no way” approach is giving us even more floods in the Rhondda than we could anticipate even in changing seasonal patterns. Why? look at the high ground which has been scraped of its absorbent layers to make way for the turbines giving an accelerated run off as payback. This is repeated across Wales yet other competing technologies who don’t have the same lobbying power find life much harder. As for the… Read more »

Jon
Jon
1 month ago
Reply to  Leigh Richards

There is a no more anti – incomer part of Britain than welsh speaking wales

Get your head out the sand before slinging mud

hdavies15
hdavies15
1 month ago
Reply to  Jon

Nothing quite like the self justification of in-migrating colonialist mindset. Good job some of us are still able to laff at this kind of horse manure.

Jon
Jon
1 month ago
Reply to  hdavies15

Colonialist ? explain.

hdavies15
hdavies15
1 month ago
Reply to  Jon

If you ain’t one, you sure sound like one.

Jon
Jon
1 month ago
Reply to  hdavies15

Try answering the question – can you ?

hdavies15
hdavies15
1 month ago
Reply to  Jon

Not answerable to you on anything . You have all he symptoms of moronic colonialist so best you go tuck your head back up your backend.

Jon
Jon
1 month ago
Reply to  hdavies15

Resorting to insults because you can’t answer

Leigh Richards
Leigh Richards
1 month ago
Reply to  Jon

Blimey i seem to have got me an online stalker on here today 😉. Sadly no intellectual powerhouse and evidently a welsh language hating bigot to 😡

Jonathan Edwards
Jonathan Edwards
1 month ago
Reply to  Leigh Richards

Ever get the feeling you might lose the argument, Leigh?

Leigh Richards
Leigh Richards
1 month ago

No never crossed my mind Jonathan

Carol James
Carol James
1 month ago

Let us hope we hear some genuinely radical views at this gathering – i.e. non-engagement with the Wastemonster system; total rejection of second homes in favour of affordable housing for Welsh youngsters; etc., in order to offer some alternative perspectives. If an Indy Wales is simply going to mirror the failed UK State then people will stick with the broken model they know.

Jon
Jon
1 month ago
Reply to  Carol James

Welsh nationalism has always been radical, why do you think you’ll get any further being even more extreme?

hdavies15
hdavies15
1 month ago
Reply to  Jon

If you think that’s “radicalism” you need to re-engage with your command of English. It’s my 2nd language by some distance but I would never use “radical” in connection with the reality of today’s nationalist offering. Confused, perhaps, posturing too much of late, but radical you gotta be kidding!

Jon
Jon
1 month ago

Nationalists live in their own echo chamber, very unlikely ever to happen because people like me in Welshpool and the vast majority of wales who live within 30 minutes of the so called border don’t want their lives turned upside down – and many more wont want to lose their generous benefits paid for by the English tax payer….. keep dreaming.

Owen williams
Owen williams
1 month ago

Less than 500 people will attend this

Jon
Jon
1 month ago
Reply to  Owen williams

Its always the same 500 singing ”yma o hyd”

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