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Lord Elis-Thomas: 'Plaid Cymru weren't responding sufficiently strongly to Brexit crisis'

Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas has told ITV News why he resigned from Plaid Cymru.

The former leader was frank in criticism of what he saw as Plaid Cymru's failure to respond "sufficiently strongly" to the challenges of Brexit - and has not ruled out joining the Welsh Government.

Plaid leader calls for new PM to face voters

Plaid Cymru Leader Leanne Wood says there should be an early UK General Election, on the grounds that Theresa May doesn't have a democratic mandate. Ms Wood claims that the expected appointment of the new Conservative leader as Prime Minister "shows a disregard for democracy".

It is a matter of principle that the most powerful political position in the UK should be elected to his or her role as a result of a fairly contested election.

That is why I support an immediate UK-wide election to allow people to have their say as to who they believe is best placed to lead the UK through these testing, challenging times.

With Labour and the Tories engulfed by chaos and division, Plaid Cymru is putting forward the vision and values needed to take our country forward.

Plaid Cymru politicians would never abdicate their responsibilities to people in Wales in the same way as Brexit's so-called leaders have.

– Plaid Cymru Leader Leanne Wood AM


Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood says her party must now campaign for Welsh independence

Leanne Wood made her call for independence in an interview for tonight's Wales at Six Credit: ITV News Cymru Wales

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood says her party must now campaign for Welsh independence, rather than be part of a UK outside the European Union. In an exclusive interview with ITV Cymru Wales Political Editor Adrian Masters, she's revealed that she's calling a special party conference to prioritise a campaign for Welsh independence.

Even though this situation was not of our making, Plaid Cymru believes that redesigning the current UK is the only option. A new union of independent nations working together for the common good.

This is a huge challenge that we face. All of us, whether we voted in or out should be prepared to be bold and confident in being able to forge a new, strong, inclusive, outward-looking future for our nation.

– Plaid Cymru Leader Leanne Wood AM

Until now, Plaid has only regarded an independent Wales as a long term aim but Leanne Wood argues that the vote to leave the European Union has "changed everything". She argues that as Scotland and Northern Ireland could leave the UK, Wales must not become what she calls "a forgotten part of a right wing England and Wales".

Opinion polls have rarely shown support for independence above 10% and Leanne Wood acknowledges that she's setting her party a huge task. She also claims that as an independent nation, the Welsh people would want to be part of the EU, although there was a majority in Wales for UK withdrawal.

  • You can see Leanne Wood's interview with Adrian Masters on Wales at Six at 6pm on ITV Cymru Wales.
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