Welsh nationalists warn of independence bid if Scotland votes to leave UK

Kate Proctor
Leanne Wood, leader of Plaid Cymru in June last year: Getty Images

Welsh nationalists warned today they would push for their own independence referendum if Scotland votes to leave the UK over Brexit.

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood said people in Wales have the right to “self determination” and are willing to debate independence if Scotland breaks away from the union.

As the Prime Minister visited the country this morning ahead of triggering Article 50, Ms Wood told the BBC that “all options should be on the table”.

“If the Scots vote to become and independent country that will constitute a material change in circumstances for Wales.

"The UK will no longer exist for example and we’ve said under those circumstances Wales should be able to determine what happens to us,” said Ms Wood, whose party holds ten out of the 60 seats in the Welsh Assembly and has three MPs.

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood (right) with Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. (Getty Images)

She added: “We should have self determination and all options should be on the table and we should debate independence and what that should mean for Wales aswell.”

Despite 52 per cent of Wales voting to leave the EU, Plaid Cymru is rallying against hard-Brexit and is pushing for single market access in the up-coming EU negotiations.

Around 67 per cent of Welsh exports go to EU countries, which is worth £12.3 billion a year to the UK economy.

Despite meetings of the devolved nation leaders in Westminster she said Theresa May has so far displayed few signs of taking on board Wales’ needs.

“We need to see some evidence of listening,” she said.

Mrs May said today she wants Welsh businesses to benefit from the “freest possible trade” when Britain leaves the EU and to be at the forefront of science and innovation.

She also reiterated her promise that she will deliver a Brexit deal that works for all parts of the UK.