The Party of Wales welcomes the Edinburgh Agreement


People of Scotland to decide their own future

The Party of Wales has welcomed the signing of the Edinburgh Agreement which will pave the way for the referendum on an independent Scotland. The historic agreement has confirmed that a referendum will be held in the Autumn of 2014. It has also been confirmed that 16 and 17 year-olds will be able to vote in the ballot.

The leader of the Party of Wales Leanne Wood said:

“The signing of the Edinburgh Agreement is a historic moment in which the people of Scotland were given the power to decide on their own futures. Scotland can now move on to a rigorous and inclusive debate about the constitutional future of the UK. People in Scotland will have a choice between the path to prosperity or to settle for London rule.

“The future of Scotland is a matter for the Scottish people to decide, just as the future of Wales is a matter for the people of Wales. I welcome that this referendum will give Scottish people a voice on their future, including, for the first time, 16 and 17 year olds.

“In recent years, more people in Wales and Scotland have wanted to take control of their own lives through the Scottish Parliament and National Assembly for Wales. A recent poll found that the majority of the Welsh electorate believe that the National Assembly should have the most influence in Wales.

“Scotland will move ahead whatever happens in 2014 and it is up to us to make sure that Wales does too. Plaid Cymru is determined to secure fair funding, control over job-creating levers and the power to make a difference for our people as a minimum for the short term.”