HOLDING TWO referendums on Wales’s constitutional future has been suggested this week.
In their Independence Commission report, published today (Friday), Plaid say they want to hold one initial referendum to explore all the different constitutional options.
With the ‘preferred’ option chosen by the public then pitched against the status quo in a second referendum.
GWLAD’s leader, Gwyn Wigley Evans said such a ‘neverendum’ prospect would be counter-productive, and just play into Westminster’s hands completely.
‘In the first place, there’s an element of constitutional overkill here, which will just turn most people off entirely’ said Mr. Evans.
‘And then, there’s this element of ‘requesting permission’ from Westminster, which is just playing their game’.
‘The British establishment will be laughing their heads off at such a request’.
Mr. Evans pointed out that ‘choosing’ the most favoured option in an initial referendum was fraught with potential pitfalls.
‘What if it goes 35% Indy, 35% for Abolish, and 30% for Federalism’, as is very likely here? ‘ he asked.
‘How could that be presented as a preferred option? It would be as clear as mud and we would then be bogged down in such mud for years on end’
There’s also the risk that muddying the waters in such a way will halt the momentum of YES Cymru, who have seen such a big surge in interest and membership of late.
These individuals have been fired up by the prospect of campaigning for a clear and unambiguous cause, i.e. Welsh Independence.
Will they be as equally enthused for taking part in what would essentially be a scoping exercise to assess the different options for Wales?
Talk of creating a national commission and various citizens’ assemblies to discuss the options could also institutionalize what is essentially an enthusiastic grass-roots campaign at present.
Perhaps it would be better all round to focus on improving the quality and performance of the Senedd first.
Building up momentum so that one clear question about independence can then be put to the people of Wales a few years down the line.