The EU’s most senior official warned that “more cracks” were emerging in the bloc on Friday after the Catalan parliament declared independence from Spain, plunging the country into political and economic turmoil.
Madrid swiftly responded to the vote by dissolving the Catalan parliament and dismissing Carles Puigdemont as president of Catalonia and his entire government.
Mariano Rajoy, the Spanish prime minister, announced that regional elections would be held in December and said the unprecedented act of imposing direct rule on the regional was needed to “recover normality”.
What if the indepentistas win those regional elections in 6 week’s time?
Yes, I’m fully aware that there isn’t 100% in favour of independence, possibly a plurality but probably not a majority.
However, it is true that most of the various European states are the result of variously conquering and voting in separate social and or political entities over the centuries. What should be done if a majority of one of these really does want to leave? Ireland, Slovakia, we all generally think it was right that they did leave. Most of us are OK with Scotland deciding for itself. USSR, Yugoslavia and so on – why shouldn’t Catalunia, the Basque Country, Brittany, Flanders, Lombardy and all the rest have the chance?
The necessity of the central nation state has rather faded in recent decades, no? So, why not?
Yes, yes, I agree, it must be a majority which want to go an so on but why shouldn’t they be allowed to?