I was chatting to one of my colleagues yesterday at lunchtime who was a very passionate and vocal remain voter in the EU referendum in June and he surprised me yesterday when he said if another referendum is held he may well vote no. When I asked him why, he said Catalunya, he said he was as disgusted as I was with the way in which the EU has handled this situation, on top of how they handled Greece, Portugal and the refugee crisis and deal with Turkey. To say I was taken aback is an understatement as I would never have expected to ever hear that from my co-worker.
Random Public Journal have an excellent small blog on the issue that I agree with 100% and is totally in line with the things that were being discussed, as well as, the potential impact on a future Scotland’s relationship with the EU. As I have said before the lack of action from the EU on the actions of Spain and their storm troopers during the Catalunya referendum could come back to haunt them in the longer term, and may also put the SNP and wider YES movement into an interesting position as opinion starts to shift on an independent Scotland and membership of the EU.
As far as Spain and Catalunya are concerned the issue is both very very complex and emotive, certainly similar in some ways to Scotland and not in others, but emotions equally high as some of the comments I have read show.
José Bessa da Silva • September 27th, 2017 •
Obviously. Spain is acting like a dictatorship it always was. Even internet is being object of censorship. Not only it should recognize as it should sanction Spain. But obviously the EU will never do that because it is just like Spain itself, so…pointles question.
Chukwunonso Olivia • September 27th, 2017 •
European Union is based on the principle of democracy. Therefore, there is need to accept the outcome and support Catalonia for self-determination as enshrined in UN charter for indigenous people.
Antonio Pinto Caldeira • September 27th, 2017 •
Although I’d like to see Spain remain united as a single country, Catalonians have the right to ask for their independence. It is the people that makes the law, not the other way around. The argument that independence is against the law makes no sense. According to Human Rights Declaration self-determination is a universal right. What is being done in Spain against Catalonians seeking to have a referendum is a shame, it shows the lack of respect by the politicians for the people. Shameful!
I appreciate and understand, thanks to help from some of you who read this blog, that the EU could only respond in certain ways to this issue but like myself, that is just not how ordinary people view it irrespective of what the rules say, and I really do believe that this is another nail in the EU coffin as far as public support both here and in the wider EU goes for the whole project. A more right wing and dictorial EU can only backfire in the longer term in my opinion.