Welsh indy movement YesCymru sees membership surge as 500 join in five days
YesCymru have seen a membership surge as 500 new members have joined up in five days, organisers say.
The cross-party campaign which fights for Welsh independence was believed to have around 2,500 members before the current rise.
The number has risen despite their having to postpone marches in Wrexham on 18 April, Tredegar on 6 June and Swansea on 5 September due to the pandemic.
“Over 500 people have joined YesCymru in the last 5 days,” a spokesperson from YesCymru announced. “A massive thanks to each and every one of you!”
The most recent YouGov opinion poll in September 2019 suggested that 24% would vote ‘yes’ to Welsh independence in a referendum, with 52% opposed and 23% unsure.
New members said that their decision to join up had been influenced by the UK Government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic and the decision not to sack advisor Dominic Cummings for breaking lockdown rules.
Julie ‘Welsh Whippet’ tweeted: “ don’t think there has ever been a better reason for #indyref than now. The UK government are gaslighting the British people to save the career of one man.
“This is despicable. The UK government does not speak for Wales.”
One new member, Mark Riley, tweeted: “It’s time for Wales to break free from Westminster and determine our own future. It will be tough & our current Assembly is far from perfect.
“But we can and should do this. A progressive, outward-looking, welcoming, innovative self-determining Wales.”
Nick Bennett said: “Having been an observer from afar for some time, I, like many others this past week, have decided enough is enough.
“Independence won’t solve all our problems straight away, but it’ll give us an opportunity to create a better country.”