Wales politics

Independence referendum is changing Britain 'forever'

HMS Vanguard Image copyright LA(P) RITCHIE HARVEY
Image caption The SNP Says an independent Scotland would remove nuclear submarines from its waters

I passionately believe in people's right to take control of their own lives.

Scottish people are fed up with seeing a deteriorating health service year on year, of continuing cuts in welfare benefits, the Bedroom Tax, the ever growing gap between and rich and poor; whilst the cost of nuclear weapons and Nato spirals out of control.

Why should Scotland have the largest nuclear submarine fleet in Europe against the express wishes of its people?

The Westminster Parliament has for too long taken Scotland's loyalty for granted.

I am proud to have been asked to speak in support of Scottish independence outside the Senedd on 13 September.

Some Welsh politicians in the assembly say it will mean a lifetime of Tory government.

I say that is defeatist talk.

When Scotland achieves its freedom, it will make Westminster think twice before inflicting their wretched policies the Poll Tax, the 1972 Fair Rents Act etc, which brought so much misery to Welsh people.

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Image caption Ray Davies believes a win for the Yes campaign will have great benefits for Wales

No matter which way the vote goes, the British political world will be changed forever.

It will also make us in Wales think very positively about our own future.

So a huge thank you to Scotland and Alex Salmond.

Because of their courage, their people will have a once in a lifetime opportunity to build a nuclear free future, with all that means for Wales, Britain and the world.

Take it, cherish it, and enjoy your new freedom, Scotland.

Welsh Liberal Democrat leader Kirsty Williams argues Scotland's independence referendum is a chance to promote a new UK Union here.

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