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Who wants to pick apart the anti-Welsh independence arguments one by one?

Read on! (1/x)

"Trying to isolate Wales from the rest of the UK doesn't work when it comes to best economic, social, health and educational outcomes."

As part of the union Wales has:
- GVA per capita of ~73% of UK average (economic)
- 30%+ child poverty (social) (2/x)
- Falling life expectancy - same as the rest of the UK (health)
- Decent A-level results, actually, but @ThatsDevolved (education) (3/x)
"Wales has helped shape the world by being a part of Britain and we retain considerable soft power worldwide which we wouldn't as a small and inward-looking state"

Questionable that a legacy of colonialism is something to be proud of. Note the British exceptionalism. (4/x)
And literally no one in the independence movement is advocating an "inward-looking state". This is the complete opposite of what #IndyWales supporters want. (5/x)
“Across the UK, we share a common identity forged by centuries of shared experience...most of us experience that reassuring sense that we are greater than the sum of our parts”

Simply not true for many. See #IndyWales, #IndyRef2 and #UnityRef for examples (6/x)
"What would happen to cross-border healthcare?...Under independence, would we still have access to specialised healthcare facilities in England?"

Why not? Many countries have cross-border agreements - look at the EU for example! So likely no issue. Dog whistling. (7/x)
"Ms Banner claimed the country “simply doesn’t have the tax base” to go it alone"

GERW figures, like GERS, are an approximation, with many holes and estimates in them. The fact that we are poor *because of the Union" is why we need #IndyWales, not a reason against. (8/x)
"There’d be no transition. On day one, we’d be £13 billion down."

Same point as above re GERW, but why wouldn't there be a transition? Who, other than Rachel Banner, is claiming this? Your position probably isn't very strong of you have to make things up. (9/x)
"It’s also the case that the United Kingdom is far more important to our economy than the EU and yet even leaving the EU is proving very difficult."

Lots of countries have gained their independence from the UK - it is a well trodden path. None had left the EU. (10/x)
"The union between England and Wales has not always been perfect, but it has been mutually beneficial"

How *exactly*? Neither Rachel Banner nor Nigel Dix have put 1 single fact-backed positive case for the union. If the union is so great, why can't anyone articulate why? (11/x)
"A BBC Wales poll carried out six months ago, estimated seven per cent favoured separation."

Why is the St David's Day poll the gold standard that is always trotted out? Plenty of more recent polls have shown *much higher* support.


Fin. (12/12)
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