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'Strength only forged from struggle' warns Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood

Leanne Wood speaking at 2017 Plaid Cymru conference. Photo: Plaid Cymru

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood will promise to "reignite hope" for Wales in her speech to delegates at the party's spring conference in Llangollen.

The party campaigned against leaving the EU and members are expected to discuss options for Wales following the 2016 leave vote.

The next Assembly election is scheduled for 2021 and the party's expected to start discussing policy ideas in areas including health and education ahead of that poll.

Our very existence and recognition as a nation, and as a collective endeavour, has been fraught with obstacles and challenges. But strength is only forged from struggle.

What matters isn't whether we face discord, or darkness. But how we respond, and how we persevere. What matters during hard times is resilience, hope, optimism. That goes for us as a nation, as a party, and as individuals.

There aren't many issues more central to Plaid Cymru than building our nation. We want decisions about Wales, to be made in Wales, because we believe people here know what's best for their own country.

A crucial principle for us as the Brexit process has unfolded is that powers over devolved areas must come back to Wales. They should absolutely not be intercepted by Westminster. That's what taking back control means for Wales.

The powers being centralised at Westminster go right to the heart of our identity and our economy. The situation is about putting more control in the hands of the Tories in Westminster. And we will resist.

Plaid Cymru members have shaped and strengthened the Continuity Bill with our own amendments, several of which have now passed into Welsh law.

But this is only the beginning in this battle for the future of Welsh democracy. Our mission remains to reignite hope. To stand for the cause of Wales even as the tides of history flow against us.

– Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood AM