Welsh figures call for EU to welcome independent Scotland back


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More than 170 prominent cultural figures from across Europe, among them writers and artists, have signed a letter calling on the European Union to allow an independent Scotland to re-enter the bloc.


The letter, which calls on leaders in Brussels to 'hang out' a 'welcome sign' for Scotland, was organised by Europe for Scotland.


The letter was published in the Guardian and other European publications on Thursday (29 April).


The letter is available online, translated into 19 European languages, for others to co-sign.


In 2016, Scotland voted to remain in the European Union by 62% to 38%, but was subsequently removed from the bloc because the United Kingdom as a whole voted to leave.


Among the signatories are Hollywood actor Brian Cox, Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek, and musician Brian Eno.


The letter has been coordinated ahead of the Holyrood elections, which take place on 6 May.


An SNP, or pro-independence majority, in the elections will give renewed impetus to the cause of Scottish independence and will make Boris Johnson's intransigence when it comes to refusing a second referendum less sustainable.


Welsh figures


A number of Welsh cultural figures and academics have also put their name to the letter.


Among them, poet Peter Finch; professors David Judith Marquand; professor and former Cymru international Laura McAllister; writer and former director of Institute of Welsh Affairs John Osmond; and Sioned Puw Rowlands, director of Wales Literature Exchange.

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