The leader of the Welsh Nationalist Party (Plaid Cymru) Adam Price predicts that a Welsh independence referendum will take place by 2030 last week.
In an interview with BBC Radio Wales, he argued that “the UK as we know it could cease to exist in a short few years”.
Not unlike the Scottish National Party, Plaid Cymru is campaigning on a platform of a more left-leaning political platform, making the case for welfare expansion. At Plaid’s party conference in Swansea last week, the part unveiled plans to lift 100,000 children out of poverty by promising universal childcare for children aged one to three, adding onto childcare benefits for low-income families, and providing a job guarantee for youth 16-to-24.
The party has reasons to be optimistic. With 4 MPs in the House of Commons, they outperform Liberals as the third biggest political force in Wales. At the local National Assembly, their power is second only to Labour, a picture that is affirmed in successive opinion polls. In spring 2019, they elected one MEP.
The party is now preparing for general elections, possibly as soon as November. And although Wales voted to leave in the 2016 EU referendum, the fact is that the region is the most dependent on EU exports than any other part of the UK, as many of its traditional industries like steel and coal have suffered and largely depends on agriculture. In sum, the political prospects of Welsh nationalists have never been better.
Raising the heat on Anglo-Welsh confrontation last week, Price called for a £20bn “reparations fund” for Wales, accusing England of plundering the country’s natural resources for decades, while underinvesting in the region. Price summarized the choice for the Welsh electorate as one between a political nation “re-subsumed by Westminster” or “a normal independent European country.”