Campaigners have appealed to party leaders in the Assembly to support a Welsh independence referendum, if there are votes in Scotland or the north of Ireland.
The group Yes Cymru, which campaigns for independence for Wales, argues that the people of Wales must decide on the relationship with England, if Ireland holds a reunification vote or Scotland has a ballot on independence.
In a letter to the party leaders in the Assembly, Yes Cymru spokesperson Sandra Clubb says:
We have reached a crucial turning point for Wales: in light of the developments in Scotland and Ireland, a vital question about our nation’s future faces us: do we want to be part of an “England and Wales” state? or, do we want to see Wales as an independent nation?
It’s the right of the people of Wales to decide on these matters in a referendum. If the north of Ireland or Scotland have their say, we must also have a say: it’s too important to leave to politicians alone.
These matters affect our constitution and our relations with our neighbours on these islands and beyond so much. We must have our own referendum here in Wales.
The political parties must let the Welsh people decide on the status of our nation – we the people own this campaign and it’s on the march. Decisions affecting Wales must be made in Wales. We have the right to be an independent nation; Westminster has no natural right to reign over us.
YesCymru’s aim is to gain independence for Wales, in order to improve the way our country is governed. We believe in an inclusive citizenship, which embraces and celebrates the fact that everyone who chooses to make Wales their home – regardless of their background – are full citizens of the new Wales.
Our group will promote independence for Wales through a range of activities, including educational ones, to make the case that Wales, like so many other nations throughout the world, would be better running its own affairs, as part of a wider European and international family. Our organisation is open to all who believe in independence for Wales.