Chairing a session in the Evolving Nations seminar at Swansea University, Plaid Cymru the Party of Wales MEP Jill Evans has called for Wales to ensure that its values and principles as a nation are set out in a written constitution to prepare for future developments.
The seminar was arranged jointly between the European Institute of Identities and Swansea College of Law.
The discussion focussed on identity and constitutions. Speakers from Wales, Quebec, Scotland and Catalonia talked of the constitutional changes now happening, with referenda on independence in Scotland and Catalonia later this year.
Jill Evans MEP said:
“Plaid Cymru wants an independent Wales, having its own voice and its own vote on EU laws that affect us. When the UK government votes on our behalf, it is not voting in the Welsh national interest, which is very different to the interests of the UK. That has been shown time after time, whether on deciding the main transport network or funding the poorest regions.
"We want change in the EU. We want to trade with and work in partnership with other countries and we want to help build a more open and democratic Europe.
"Professor Daniel Turp told us how the drafting of the Quebec Constitution helped define the nation's identity and acted as a mirror of their society. Plaid Cymru has long called for a written constitution and bill of rights. It is not something that has to wait until after independence. Many nations and regions have already adopted constitutions. We need an expression of our values and principles: a real debate on the kind of nation we want Wales to be. It would be a great national challenge."