- increasing tax revenue levels to the European average, with major tax reforms, drug decriminalisation and taxing landlords;
- changing the relationship with work and increasing the percentage of the population that is of working age, including by relaxing immigration rules;
- reducing defence spending to the same level as Ireland;
- delivering savings through the creation of a single integrated emergency service, fewer county councils and a significant reduction in the prison population.
Author: Melin Drafod
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Independence summit planned for Swansea
Groups campaigning for independence for Wales have joined forces to hold a summit in Swansea next month (28 January 2023).
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, Joseph Gnagbo, Mirain Owen from Cymdeithas yr Iaith and Amanda Burgauer of Common Weal.
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.”
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Imagining an Independent Wales
Recording from a discussion held in Cardiff on 30th September 2022 with Leanne Wood, Eric Ngalle Charles, Mirain Owen, Tessa Marshall and Elin Hywel.
Annibyn-iaith? the Welsh language in an independent Wales
Independence groups call for right for Wales to hold referendum
Groups campaigning for independence, including the Green Party and Plaid Cymru, have joined forces to call for the right of the Senedd to hold a referendum on Welsh independence.
In an open letter to the Constitutional Commission established by the Welsh Government, groups and parties including YesCymru, Cymdeithas yr Iaith, Plaid Cymru, the Wales Green Party, Undod and Labour for an Independent Wales call for an unfettered right for the Senedd to trigger a public vote on the question.
The letter states: “We are jointly writing to underline one particular point of principle that we have in common: the fundamental right of the people of Wales to decide their own constitutional status.
“In terms of the work of your Commission, we therefore call for the right for Wales, through its elected Senedd, to decide whether or not it should be an independent country, without interference from Westminster.”
The groups warn that a clear process is needed because of the uncertainty seen in countries like Catalonia and Scotland. The letter continues:
“There should be a clear process and mechanism that will allow Wales to hold a referendum on independence. The timing and associated details of that vote should be matters for the people of Wales and their Senedd to decide, not Westminster.”
The letter was co-ordinated by the think tank Melin Drafod and Talat Chaudhri its Chair said:
“The Welsh Government’s Commission needs to show that it is seriously considering independence. The members need to set out a practical plan to enable the people of Wales to make their own choice. At the moment, even to ask the question, it’s at the whim of the government in London. That needs to change at the very least.”
The Welsh Government Constitutional Commission’s public consultation closes on 31st August.