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Independence referendum on the agenda in Senedd election, says Basque newspaper

Y Ddraig Goch. Heol y Frenhines, Caerdydd

The bilingual Basque/Spanish newspaper Gara published in the city of Donostia, Euskadi has turned its attention to the upcoming Senedd election, which will take place on 6 May.

The popular Basque newspaper— the third most read in the country— mentions Plaid Cymru's pledge to hold an independence referendum before 2026 if the party enters into government.

The newspaper quotes Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price who says that, "the people of Wales will be able to take their own future into their own hands."

In addition, Gara points to recent opinion polling in Cymru that shows record support for independence, reaching just short of 40%.

The newspaper says that harnessing this support could provide a boost for Plaid Cymru.

The author also points to high levels of support for independence among young voters, which might also help Plaid now that 16-year-olds are able to cast their vote in a Senedd election for the very first time.

A note of caution

Despite this, the article does sound a note of caution, pointing to the current composition of the Senedd, which is overwhelmingly pro-Union.

The article also alludes to the country's vote to leave the European Union, but points out that the margin of victory was narrow, with only 82,000 making the difference.

Lastly, the article quotes the leader of the Conservatives in the Senedd Andrew RT Davies who argues that independence would hamstring Cymru's recovery after the pandemic and would plunge the country "into chaos."

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