Welsh independence has never been on the mainstream agenda, but change could be afoot in view of recent developments in Scotland.
Scotland’s successful bid for an independence referendum has called into question the future union of the kingdom, lending greater scrutiny to the relationship between England and Wales.
Policy differences between Cardiff and Westminster have grown in the past year. Not only do the Welsh enjoy free prescriptions and subsidised tuition fees, but the March 2011 referendum gave the Welsh government direct law-making powers in 20 key areas.
A spokesperson for the Welsh nationalist party Plaid Cymru said: “Independence is our long-term goal, but it’s always going to be the people of Wales who decide how far on that journey towards independence they want to go.”