A breakaway Catalonia would cause a domino effect that could splinter the EU, Jean-Claude Juncker warned yesterday, as the Catalan president faced a threat to his pro-secession alliance yesterday from independence hardliners.
Mr Juncker said any such intervention by Brussels would lead to “chaos” in the bloc as Spain had not requested it, and explained that if Catalonia was allowed to separate, “others would do so too”.
“I would not like an EU that in 15 years consisted of 98 states,” Mr Juncker said.
If there were 98 regions as members then the centre, Brussels, really would have all the power. Which is, of course,why the EU did so much work to try to get those regions to deal directly with Brussels, rather than through the nation states.