Our research in all three cases shows that people think about independence through their experience of politics and the current economic situation. 

Some people think that independence will transform society and create a different and better future. In Wales, independence is seen as the only way of taking decisions that meet the country’s needs, free from interference by Westminster. 

Others see independence as a very risky project. In Wales, participants were concerned about whether Wales is too small or too poor to go it alone.  

Having an honest debate about independence is also difficult. Who can be trusted to give impartial information about what this would mean for a future Wales?