Two Gwynedd town councils have followed in the footsteps of Machynlleth and voted in favour of proposals to support Welsh independence.

Porthmadog Town Council became the second council in Wales to formally back Welsh independence at a meeting on Tuesday, 11 June, followed by Ffestiniog council on Thursday, 13 June.

The decisions of these respective councils come after Machynlleth became the first town or community council at the end of May to align itself with the cause of independence and officially make the case for it.

In Porthmadog, the motion to back Welsh independence was proposed by Cllr Simon Brooks, who said he is “delighted” that it received a majority of support from fellow councillors.

Machynlleth’s appeal for other councils to follow suit in making Welsh independence an issue on their agenda encouraged Cllr Brooks to suggest that Porthmadog’s own council should show solidarity and discuss the matter.

He said he considered it important to respond to the “democratic voice of the community” in north Wales and move forward in offering the choice for councillors to back independence.

Cllr Brooks added: “It shows that we’re responding to what people are telling us.

“It’s very obvious with Brexit that there’s a possibility the United Kingdom could fall apart. We have to prepare for the future.”

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