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.
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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