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Referendum in Catalonia illegal, - European Commission
14:22, 2 October 2017
Referendum in Catalonia illegal, - European Commission

The authority demands the issue to be solved within Spain’s constitutional order

14:22, 2 October 2017

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Brussels cannot recognize results of the independence referendum in Catalonia, which took place on Sunday. The reason is that the whole event was organized and conducted in the breach of the Spanish law – first of all, the Constitution. This was mentioned in the official statement by the press service of the European Commission, which showed up on the website on Monday.

‘Under the Spanish Constitution, yesterday's vote in Catalonia was not legal. For the European Commission, (…), this is an internal matter for Spain that has to be dealt with in line with the constitutional order of Spain. (…) If a referendum were to be organised in line with the Spanish Constitution it would mean that the territory leaving would find itself outside of the European Union. Beyond the purely legal aspects of this matter, the Commission believes that these are times for unity and stability, not divisiveness and fragmentation. We call on all relevant players to now move very swiftly from confrontation to dialogue. Violence can never be an instrument in politics,’ the statement says.

The civil unrest in Catalonia continues, as voters supported the province’s independence on the Sunday referendum. The Spanish government and many common Spaniards condemned the referendum as illegal.   

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