Catalan independence would not be recognised, says France

10 October, 2017, 00:33 | Author: Phil Peters
  • Catalonia- French minister calls for stronger EU to stop independence

Secession-minded authorities in Catalonia have vowed to break away from Spain after claiming a pro-independence victory in a disputed referendum earlier this month.

"What is happening in Catalonia is real, whether they like it or not".

"This situation can not be solved by violence, we have to find a solution through dialogue, this is also true when you consider the economic oint of view", he said. It would therefore " be a candidate to become a member of the Union", then negotiations would be undertaken to integrate with the EU after a fire, green -with the unanimity of the 28 member States.

European Affairs Minister Nathalie Loiseau said the crisis following the banned October 1 referendum had to be resolved through dialogue within Spain, BBC reported.

Spanish borrowing costs fell to a one-week low on Monday, narrowing the gap over top-rated Germany on hopes that Catalonia would this week take a step back from a unilateral declaration of independence from Spain. The latest crisis has raised fears of unrest in Catalonia, a northeastern region about the size of Belgium that is home to 7.5 million people and accounts for a fifth of Spain's economy.

Rajoy has said repeatedly he will not talk to the Catalan leaders unless they drop their plans to declare independence.

Puigdemont rescheduled a session of the Catalan Parliament for Tuesday after Spain's Constitutional Court suspended Monday's session.

At least 350,000 people joined a unionist rally in Barcelona on Sunday, after recent massive rallies by separatists and democracy activists in the city.

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Catalan regional President Carles Puigdemont is to address the Catalan parliament on Tuesday evening to debate the political situation.

"In our view, the Catalonian government is not really in full control of the process toward independence, which has been taken over by far-left radical parties and anti-globalization groups".

"They have family ties, they go there on weekends", said Jean-Luc Pujol, co-founder of the political party Yes To A Catalan Country, which pushes for greater autonomy in the French region.

Although it is not know what Puigdemont might say, any declaration of independence from the region would likely lead to more violence.

Two days before an anticipated declaration of independence by Catalan leaders, it was the turn of the people whom Mariano Rajoy, the Spanish Prime Minister, has labelled the "silent majority" to raise their voices against the drive towards secession.

Sandra White MSP, who was in Catalonia, criticised the inaction from the European Union following the vote.

Spain's President Rajoy has said he would use all lawful means to keep Spain intact.

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