Spain: Catalonia independence plan attack on sovereignty

Published: Wednesday 11th November 2015 by The News Editor

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The Spanish prime minister has accused Catalan separatists of working to destroy centuries of unity and vowed not to allow them to succeed.

Speaking after the government filed a challenge against a Catalan regional parliament decision to set up a road map for independence by 2017, Mariano Rajoy said the Catalan move was an attack on Spain’s sovereignty and democracy.

He said: “We’re talking about the defence of an entire country. They are trying to liquidate the unity of a nation with more than five centuries of history.”

The government called on the Constitutional Court to suspend the Catalan resolution while it is being studied, and warned Catalan officials against taking any further secessionist steps.

The court was due to meet later on Wednesday.

The secession resolution authorised the economically powerful region’s incoming government to begin work on a Catalan constitution and on establishing tax-collecting and social security systems.

It also exempts the regional administration from having to heed Spanish institutions, including the Constitutional Court.

However, public officials who refuse to comply with a possible court order against the resolution could face charges of disobedience, punishable by removal from office for up to two years and heavy fines, said Elena Inigo, a professor of criminal law at the University of Navarra.

Monday’s resolution was pushed through by the pro-independence Together For Yes alliance and the far-left CUP group, which between them won 72 seats in the 135-deputy regional parliament in September elections.

The two are in talks to form a new government to move the independence process forward but disagree on who should be president.

Polls show that most Catalans support a referendum on independence, but are divided over independence.

The region of 7.5 million inhabitants represents nearly a fifth of Spain’s economic output.

Published: Wednesday 11th November 2015 by The News Editor

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