What is Independence?

BELLA GWALIA

In the Western Mail on Friday, Rhodri Glyn Thomas claimed that independence was “a concept that no-one fully understands”. I can’t say for sure whether he genuinely doesn’t understand what independence is or if he just said this as a way of justifying his opposition to it … though I suspect the second is much more likely to be true.

Independence is a very simple concept, and nobody should have any trouble understanding what it is. Here are just some examples, though I could provide many more:

Slovenia used to be part of Yugoslavia, but became independent in June 1991 and became a member state of the United Nations in May 1992. It then became a member state of the European Union in May 2004.

Estonia used to be part of the USSR, but became independent in August 1991 and became a member state of the United Nations in September…

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