Welsh independence a "matter of time", says Basque historian


North Atlantic. Image: © Tentotwo (CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported).

Writing in the Basque newspaper Naiz, historian Iñaki Egaña says that Welsh independence is a "matter of time."


In his article entitled 'North Atlantic', Egaña says that recent opinion polls in Cymru have revealed that those who oppose independence have dropped twenty points in the past five years.


Egaña says that with the majority of young people in favour of independence, it's only a matter of time before it comes to pass.


In his almost poetic article, Egaña says that the Basque people must set their sights on places other than the Mediterranean as a source of inspiration.


While places like Catalunya loom large in the minds of the Basque political class, Egaña argues that the territories of the North Atlantic have just as much to offer in the way of replicable models for pursuing the ultimate goal, and universal right, of self-determination.


Egaña points to several examples on either side of the Atlantic.


In Greenland, Múte Bourup Egede, a young politician has just clinched victory in the recent election.


Greenland has fewer citizens than Irun or Getxo, but has a ladmass 100 times larger than Euskal Herria.


Egaña believes that Greenland will become independent in the not-too-distant future.


Egaña then moves to Quebec, where independentists have recently received a ruling in their favour that 50%-plus-one of the vote would be sufficient to win a referendum. The federal Liberals had long maintained until recently that a "clear majority" entails a higher threshold.


Egaña then shifts his attention to the Atlantic Archipelago, citing Scotland, Cymru, and Northern Ireland's increasingly restless relationship with Westminster.


In Scotland, the prospect of IndyRef2 is on the horizon. In Cymru the youth are awakening, and so too in Northern Ireland, generational differences mean the "battle is lost" for Unionists.


Lastly, Egaña mentions the recent passing of the Molac Bill in France that secures legal rights for the country's autochthonous languages, including Breton.

Naiz article: https://www.naiz.eus/eu/iritzia/articulos/atlantico-norte

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