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Wales ponders independence from Britain

•,Corinne Purtill
Wales doesn’t get more Welsh than this northern market town.
Business and conversations between friends here are conducted not in English but in Welsh, the language spoken by some 80 percent of the local population. For the past 40 years, the town has been a stronghold of Plaid Cymru, the nationalist party whose stated goal is eventual independence.
Ask what Wales’s future should be, and you’ll get more answers than there are consonants in "Llanfairpwllgwyngyll," the nearby village that boasts the longest place-name in Europe.
But even here, in the heart of Welsh nationalism, the same conclusion echoes time and again like a ballad’s refrain: The time for Welsh independence hasn’t come. Not yet.

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