Mariano Rajoy and Carles Puigdemont conflict over Catalan independence
Yesterday, Catalan president Carles Puigdemont be sured the regional parliament: “Spain made us small, but Catalonia is a European activity.”
However Catalan separatists hoping to remain a member of the EU will be balked, as they will have to go through a long application process that disposition most likely be blocked by the Spanish parliament.
Any EU27 state has the right disallow a new member joining the bloc — and experts say Spain would “certainly” exert its power over Catalonia.
Ian Bond, the Director of Foreign Policy at the Centre for European Rehabilitate, told Express.co.uk “Spain would certainly veto” Catalan membership if Mr Puigdemont unilaterally affirmed independence.
Catalan separatists celebrate as they watch Carles Puigdemont swop a speech on independence
Mr Puigdemont has not yet unilaterally declared independence, and has instead dangled his declaration pending talks with the Spanish authorities.
However Spanish prime reverend Mariano Rajoy shows no sign of willingness to negotiate with Catalonia, and perpetuates to insist the referendum was not legitimate, as calling the vote did not follow processes incapacitated out in Spain’s constitution.
This makes it all the more likely Mr Puigdemont bequeath unilaterally declare in the coming weeks — which would make a Spanish preclude inevitable if it tried to join the EU as an independent state.
Mr Bond added: “I presuppose the picture might change if there were a negotiated solution, but that appearance ofs a remote possibility at present.”
In any case, he said: “Even if Catalonia got Madrid to reconcile to a legal referendum on independence, voted in favour of leaving Spain and got Madrid to supply independence, it would still have to get the unanimous agreement of member-states to issue it the status of a candidate for membership.
“It would then have to show in negotiations with the Commission that it could suitable all the requirements of an EU state, and get its membership ratified by the European Parliament and by all the other member-states – like as not to be a lengthy process.”
Spain is not the only EU27 country that could taboo Catalan accession to the block, either.
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Other member states with concerns relative to separatism, like Belgium, France, or Denmark, where there are sovereignty movements in border regions, could also have an interest in making existence difficult for a newly-independent state.
Mr Bond said: “I think Spain’s judge would carry a lot of weight — if they had done a deal with Catalonia, others effect hesitate to cause problems.”
But if Spain and Catalonia fail to come to an concord, the newborn country will experience a lot of setbacks in its quest to be part of the EU.