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Adam Price MS, Leader of Plaid Cymru, called for the devolved nations to be “authors of our own” instead of “footnotes”. Addressing the SNP conference, he also highlighted the importance of Welsh independence saying the position had moved to the “mainstream” while referring to a “Welsh awakening”.
He made clear if he became First Minister of Wales next year his first call would be to Nicola Sturgeon.
He said: “We can further cement and enhance our relationship in the Indy summer of ‘21 by coming together, all under one banner, in a Celtic Summit to map out our common aims and purpose as independence and mutual co-operation becomes the new normal.”
Mr Price, who assumed leadership in 2018 said the party would make the case that changing Wales for good would “only come about through a change of Government.”
He said: “We will fight the election on the most radical and transformational prospectus seen since devolution and we will re-energise a Laboured managerial machine.”
Expressing the link between the two nationalist parties, Mr Price made clear many in Plaid Cymru have become members of the SNP in recent years.
He said increased support for the two parties would allow Scotland and Wales which he dubbed the “two sister nations” to “very soon win their freedom and join the global family of independent countries.”
Mr Price also said Boris Johnson was a “disaster” as well as being the “greatest recruiting agent” for independence.
Support for Welsh independence is lower than Scotland and sits at about 33 percent compared to a 55 percent average for Scots, according to the latest polls.
At the same time, Scottish Constitution Secretary Mike Russell has said the party should learn from Joe Biden as the party attempts to win a second independence referendum.
Mr Russell said there was a “lesson to be taken” from the US president-elect’s behaviour when faced with Donald Trump’s claims the election had been rigged.
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It comes as UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson insists he will not grant the Scottish Government the power to hold another vote on independence – even if the SNP wins a majority in next May’s Holyrood elections.
Mr Russell told the SNP annual conference that Mr Biden had won the US presidency because of his “confident and flawless commitment to the democratic process”.
The Scottish Constitution Secretary said: “There is a lesson to be taken from Joe Biden.
“Confronted with anti-democratic ravings from Donald Trump he didn’t match them with threats, or lawsuits.
“He matched them with a confident and flawless commitment to the democratic process. And that ensured his success.”
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Mr Russell said the SNP needed to “demonstrate an unshakable belief in the right of the Scottish people to choose how they are governed and by whom”.
Mr Russell also warned continuing to veto requests for a second referendum would have “consequences” for the UK Prime Minister.
He said: “If the people of Scotland vote to have their say, refusing that will have implications and consequences well beyond these shores.”
However, Unionist group Scotland in Union warned the SNP had all of its priorities wrong when reacting to this year’s conference.
Pamela Nash, chief executive, said: “While a virus is decimating livelihoods and tragically taking lives, the nationalists are spending their time debating how to divide Scotland.
“Mike Russell’s suggestion of legislating for a second referendum at Holyrood raises the prospect of a lengthy and costly legal fight between governments at a time when the entire focus should be on recovering from the pandemic.
“The people of Scotland don’t need a party which is obsessed with trying to tear us apart; we need politicians to focus on uniting us.”
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