Catalonia to be expelled from EU if declaring independence

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-41551337

The French government has said it will not recognise Catalonia if it declares independence from Spain and such a move will mean expulsion from the EU.

European Affairs Minister Nathalie Loiseau said the crisis following the banned 1 October referendum had to be resolved through dialogue within Spain.

Catalan President Carles Puigdemont is expected to address the regional parliament on Tuesday.

There has been no sign of a compromise being struck with Madrid.

Economic pressure on the pro-independence camp is rising with three more companies expected to discuss moving their offices out of Catalonia on Monday, sources told Reuters news agency.

These are infrastructure firm Abertis, telecoms company Cellnex and property group Inmobiliaria Colonial.

Major lenders Caixabank and Sabadell announced earlier that they were moving their offices out of the region.

The region of Catalonia, home to 7.5 million people in the north-east, is crucial to Spain, which is the EU’s fifth-biggest economy and a member of Nato.

“If there was a declaration of independence, it would not be recognised,” Ms Loiseau told French broadcaster CNews (video in French).

“The first consequence would be its exit from the European Union.”

“Obviously,” she added, “there is more to Catalonia than the consultation organised by the independence movement…

“This crisis needs to be resolved through dialogue at all levels of Spanish politics.”

Casting doubt on the validity of the vote, she described Spain as a “great democracy” and pointed to the “particularly” high level of devolution its regions already enjoyed.

However, Catalans have long been calling for more say in spending, higher status for their language and recognition that they are a nation distinct from Spain.

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he has declared a “claytons” independence..now we wait..

401

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~ by seeker401 on October 11, 2017.

One Response to “Catalonia to be expelled from EU if declaring independence”

  1. we thx PrezTrump for leave Catalonia alone % don’t act up like 44 &HERsecretary do to Ukraine
    btw Catalonia is like Scotland can’t be part of the-EU b/c no enough GDP

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