Wales politics

Welsh politicians join final push for votes in Scotland

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Image caption It is the final full day of campaigning before Thursday's historic referendum

On the last day of campaigning before Scotland's independence poll, Welsh politicians have joined the final push to win over undecided hearts and minds.

First Minister Carwyn Jones said it was "very important" for the UK to stay together to "secure a safe future".

Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies said the UK nations were more successful "shoulder to shoulder".

But Plaid Cymru argued an independent Scotland could become a "beacon of social progress" for "all of us".

Labour AMs gathered on the steps of the Senedd at lunchtime to emphasise their support for Scotland remaining part of the UK.

Later, Mr Jones told AMs it was "very important that we remain together in order to ensure that we can work together to secure a safe future".

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But he warned there must not be a "bilateral discussion between the UK government and the Scottish government on further devolution that excludes Wales and Northern Ireland".

"That's why we must have the UK constitutional convention," Mr Jones said.

Mr Davies led a Conservative debate in the assembly calling for a Scottish No vote on Thursday.

He said: "This country of the United Kingdom, that is made up of Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland, is better together because we are more successful economically, we're more successful socially and we're more successful culturally when we are united on these islands, standing shoulder to shoulder dealing with the challenges that we face in the 21st Century."

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Image caption Campaigning for Thursday's referendum has been taking place for more than two years

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood said that whatever the outcome of the independence referendum, "a new democracy has emerged".

"Whatever you envisage as Wales' final constitutional destination, surely we can all agree that we want to see the people of Wales invigorated in the same way as the people of Scotland have been," she said.

"Who could then be against us embarking upon a similar path, asking people to decide the future course of the nation?"

Earlier, a Plaid Cymru spokeswoman said a Scottish Yes vote would be "the greatest act of solidarity that the people of Scotland can show for Wales", because Scotland could then "build a beacon of social progress that would be an example for all of us in these islands".

'Socialised medicine'

"A Yes vote would secure the founding values of the NHS for the people of Scotland," said the spokeswoman.

"The NHS is Wales' greatest gift to the world but is under threat in all parts of the UK because of privatisation in England and the consequent cuts to the NHS budgets of Scotland and Wales.

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"Only by voting Yes can Wales' legacy of free, socialised medicine live on."

On Tuesday, Mr Jones assured AMs Labour would address "under-funding" of the Welsh government if it wins next year's general election.

It followed the three main UK party leaders pledge to keep the current funding system for the devolved governments, the Barnett formula, if there is a Scottish No vote.

Under the current system, Scotland receives more spending per head than the UK average.

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood said the formula meant Wales was £300m poorer each year and the first minister had "failed to win for Wales on funding reform".

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