Independence Index

(Pic : Yes for Wales Facebook)
Since the UK voted to leave the European Union in June 2016, not only has the future of our economy and relationship with the rest of Europe been thrown into some doubt, but the future of the UK itself too.

Since Scotland rejected EU withdrawal, support for Scottish independence has increased to a point where a second independence referendum is on the table and winnable for the SNP. Meanwhile, some polls have shown the highest ever recorded levels of support for Welsh independence at around 35%.

I don't support independence to create a glorious socialist workers republic. I don't want Wales to become an offshore tax haven in the pockets of the global elite either.

I don't hate the English, who are as much victims of the UK as anyone else – particularly those living outside London. I don't want Wales to become a chippy hermit kingdom dragged back to medieval arguments. I'm not a Welsh-speaker.

I support independence because: I'm fed up of excuses from politicians and their begging-bowl politics, want real change and believe Wales' potential has been held back because we've become nothing better than England's dopey sidekick.

Wales could be a great country – on par with any other of the many small, smart, cultured, wealthier nations of Europe – as long as we're given the opportunity to become one.

Independence isn't the easy option. Taking responsibility for ourselves - owning our mistakes as well as our successes – would be a painful struggle both economically and politically.

Nevertheless it's our birthright. Look around you and ask if you really want to leave the Wales we have now to future generations, or at least give them a fighting chance to create something better.

With a citizen-led movement for Welsh independence still in its relative infancy, Wales has lacked that "alternative road map". Too many of the arguments presented in favour of independence are romantic and sentimental. It's all well and good saying why Wales should be independent – that's easy - but you've got to set out what Wales could do with independence too and give everyone and idea of how a new nation would work.

Only a select few Welsh nationalists have risen to that challenge. Even if you asked senior nationalist politicians simple questions on how an independent Wales would work - currency, defence, and basic things like the National Lottery - you would get vacant stares back.

So, I've clumped all posts relating to independence in one place to act as, arguably, one the most comprehensive guides to an independent Wales ever produced. Many posts ask - and try to answer – questions such as:
  • Why does Wales need independence?
  • What could an independent Wales look like?
  • What could Wales do with sovereign powers?
  • What's our place in global and European communities?
  • What can Wales learn from other independent nations?
  • What's the future of the Union? Does it have a future?