Setting the Covid-19 response to one side for a moment, if this emergency is the moment that turbo-charges either the independence movement or the Welsh Parliament abolitionist movement, that leads to many more questions as to the form of the state and how it would engage with the electorate.
For this blog post, I want to ask a few questions of those favouring independence. It is one thing to highlight what would be different in domestic policy, though much of that is already in the remit of the Welsh Government and Welsh Parliament, but quite another to consider what a Welsh foreign and defence programme would look like. For example:
- Would Wales have a similar scale of diplomatic service as the UK currently does? If not, how would current influence levels be maintained?
- What format would our domestic intelligence service adopt?
- Would Wales have a foreign intelligence service?
- To what extent would Wales have a signals intelligence service?
- How could Wales compensate for the (presumable) loss of permanent representation on the UN Security Council?
- What would be the scale of a Welsh navy, army and air force?
- Would Wales provide military personnel to peacekeeping missions?
I don't ask these questions because I think they in themselves disprove the case for independence, but because a credible proposal for Welsh self-government would require answers.