"Time to spark national debate about our country's future" - Leanne Wood

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Hard Brexit will lead to growing support for Wales to have greater control over its own affairs

Plaid Cymru Leader Leanne Wood has responded to the Scottish First Minister's announcement that she will press for a referendum on Scottish independence by saying it's time for Wales to have its own debate about the nation's future.

Leanne Wood said that a Yes vote in the Scottish referendum could signal the end of the UK as a state and in that event, people in Wales should be granted the opportunity to go to the ballot box and say whether they believe decisions affecting Wales should be made in Wales.

Party of Wales Leader Leanne Wood said:

“This week, the UK Prime Minister is set to trigger Article 50. Plaid Cymru’s view is that the Article 50 Letter must contain the demands of the nations in order to have any legitimacy.

“The stakes for Wales could not be any higher. Unlike the UK as a whole, Wales currently sells more goods to the European Single Market than we import, with the potential to build on this in the future. A whole series of our major exporting companies are linked to the single market, in both manufacturing and in food. Plaid Cymru cannot accept any UK Government plan which would lead to tariffs or barriers being put in the way of made-in-Wales products.

"The announcement from the Scottish Government today shows that any failure by the UK Government to recognise Scotland’s interests could lead to the end of the UK as a state.

“In that situation, Wales would need to decide its own future. Plaid Cymru has said that a remaining ‘England and Wales’ entity was not on the ballot paper during the previous EU referendum. A national debate to explore all of the options, including an that of independent Wales, must take place in Wales when that scenario becomes a realistic one. Plaid Cymru believes that decisions about Wales are best made in Wales and the way in which this Hard Brexit is being pursued highlights exactly why.

“If the UK Government’s Brexit negotiation also leads to the Welsh national interest being overlooked, support will grow for greater control of our own affairs in Wales.

“We expect this situation to continue to evolve over the coming years, and Plaid Cymru will continue to articulate the Welsh national interest at all times. Now is a good time for people in Wales to think about what is in our own national interests and how we can best unlock our country’s potential in this new constitutional scenario.”

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