YesCymru in a ‘quagmire’ due to ‘social media bile’ says Welsh Conservative leader
YesCymru is in a “quagmire” at the moment due to “social media bile” by some members attacking those who didn’t agree with them, according to Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies.
He was speaking after the Central Committee of YesCymru collectively resigned last week citing harassment directed towards them as one of the reasons.
Andrew RT Davies told the Express that while he thought the merits of Welsh independence should be debated, many in the independence movement had a “chip on their shoulder”.
“I think the people of Wales have a good sense to recognise the strength of Wales is within the United Kingdom,” he said.
“The positive aspects of the Union brings to all parts of the United Kingdom, not just England, not just Scotland, not just Wales, not just Northern Ireland but all four component parts.
“Whether that be economic benefits, whether it be cultural benefits, whether that be social benefits, the bonds, the umbilical cord if you like, that links these islands together is far better by being one Union of the United Kingdom.
“Rather than four separate entities and people in Wales recognise that and they recognise that our place is best suited for the union of the United Kingdom and being an integral part of that.”
YesCymru’s previous Central Committee resigned last week saying that the decision has not been “made lightly” but that it is in the “best interests” of the pro-independence group.
It added that it has instructed an “independent, third party firm of accountants” to “oversee limited day to day operations of the organisation”. This was later revealed to be Azets UK.
The Central Committee’s resignation follows a period of turmoil within the organisation with a number of other resignations from the Central Committee, including that of former Chair, Sion Jobbins.
The Central Committee recently received a vote of no confidence from regional groups of the National Committee.
An Extraordinary General Meeting has been scheduled for the Autumn where a new Central Committee will be elected. It will also discuss rewriting the campaign group’s constitution.
The outgoing Chair Sarah Rees has said the decision to resign “enables a totally clean break from the past and provides a clean start”.
In an official statement, the Committee said: “The members of the Central Committee of YesCymru have collectively resigned and stood down from their roles with immediate effect.
“The decision has not been made lightly, but is taken in the best interests of the organisation. Harassment directed towards Central Committee members, that goes far beyond social media posts, has taken an incredible toll on mental wellbeing and can no longer be tolerated.”