Sat, 2 December 2023

Newsletter sign-up

Subscribe now
The House Live All
The Purpose of Mutual and Co-operative Business in Society Partner content
Half a billion reasons to ban unjust broadband and mobile price increases Partner content
London’s super sewer is nearly here – but we must keep making progress Partner content
By Andy Mitchell CBE, Tideway CEO
Press releases

Shock poll reveals four in ten Welsh voters would back independence to stay in EU

2 min read

Four in ten Welsh voters would back the country becoming independent from the rest of the UK if it meant staying in the European Union, according to a new poll.

The YouGov study revealed that support for Wales going alone in all circumstances stands at just 24%, with 52% opposed.

That figure increases to 33% if it meant the country remaining part of the EU, compared to 48% who would still vote to stay in the UK.

Once don't knows are taken into account, support for independence in those circumstances increases to 41%.

Voters aged between 18 and 24 are the most enthusiastic about Wales becoming independent to stay in the EU, with 42% in favour and 35% against.

Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price said the poll was "sensational".

He said: "Westminster is in turmoil. Boris Johnson’s reckless Tory government and Jeremy Corbyn’s chaotic so-called opposition are wrecking Wales’s future.

"It is no wonder that we are witnessing a surge in support for a new Wales – a nation proudly taking its place as an equal partner on the international stage.

"Having overtaken Labour at the European elections, Plaid Cymru has secured its place as Wales’s true Remain party, fighting against a crash out Brexit and for future prosperity.

"Independence is moving from the margins to the mainstream. Our nation is on the march. As Boris Johnson takes us closer to the cliff edge, more and more people will demand an outward looking Wales free from Westminster’s contempt."

The latest sign of fractures in the union comes a day after a separate poll found support for Irish reunification at 51% to 49% in Northern Ireland, when don't knows are excluded.

Meanwhile a poll conducted last month for PoliticsHome's sister title Holyrood found that 52% of Scots backed independence, with 48% supporting the union, when once again, 'don't knows' are removed.

PoliticsHome Newsletters

PoliticsHome provides the most comprehensive coverage of UK politics anywhere on the web, offering high quality original reporting and analysis: Subscribe

Read the most recent article written by Nicholas Mairs - Public sector workers to get 5% pay rise from April if Labour wins election

Engineering a Better World

The Engineering a Better World podcast series from The House magazine and the IET is back for series two! New host Jonn Elledge discusses with parliamentarians and industry experts how technology and engineering can provide policy solutions to our changing world.

NEW SERIES - Listen now

Partner content
Connecting Communities

Connecting Communities is an initiative aimed at empowering and strengthening community ties across the UK. Launched in partnership with The National Lottery, it aims to promote dialogue and support Parliamentarians working to nurture a more connected society.

Find out more