Independence demands could soar if UK votes to quit the EU

Demand for independence could soar if England votes to quit the EU in a future referendum but Wales and Scotland vote to stay in, it has been claimed.

It was also predicted that eurosceptic Conservative MPs may have to choose between fighting to leave the EU or battling to hold the UK together.

Plaid Cymru MP Jonathan Edwards said he expects the independence debate to be transformed if a majority of English voters want to cut links with Brussels but the Welsh electorate votes to stay in the EU.

He said: “If there is an in-out [referendum] and a Yes in Wales and a No in England, my guess is I think that would make the case for Welsh independence clearly. Wales is a europhile country – there’s no doubt about that.

“If there was divergence and the people [of Wales] were removed from the EU as a result of votes of the people of England, that would increase demands for Welsh independence.”

Mr Edwards argues that an independent Wales would not have to reapply for EU membership and is encouraged by evidence presented to the Westminster foreign affairs committee by Oxford academic and Honorary Director General of the European Commission, Graham Avery, about Scotland.

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