Catalan independence referendum must be recognised internationally - Gildernew
The democratic expressions of the people of Catalonia must be respected, Michelle Gildernew MP has said.
Speaking in advance of a reception to celebrate the National Day of Catalonia, held by a delegation from the Catalan government in London, the MP for Fermanagh South Tyrone said the upcoming independence referendum should be respected internationally:
“The future of Catalonia should be decided by the Catalan people.
“Those who truly cherish the principles of democracy, have nothing to fear from Catalonia having an independence referendum.
“Catalonia has a vibrant and active civic society committed to pursuing their self-determination through a people’s referendum.
“The fact that significant numbers of Catalans have repeatedly expressed their desire to vote on their political future means their referendum on 1st October should be embraced internationally as a democratic imperative.
“The Spanish Government has a moral responsibility to respect the legislation passed by the Government of Catalonia. Mariano Rajoy’s administration should engage in meaningful discussions with Catalan representatives to ensure that the vote goes ahead, and without coercion.
“To prevent the referendum from taking place, against the professed wishes of huge sections of Catalan society and the elected government, would be an affront to democratic ideals.
“Let the people of Catalonia have their say.”