The Commission called today Catalonia’s independence referendum “illegal”, while the Catalan government said Sunday’s vote had given it the right to declare independence from Spain. The EU executive warned that, if a new referendum were to be organised in the future, in line with the Spanish Constitution, Catalonia would find itself outside the EU.
“Violence can never be an instrument in politics”, the Commission said in a statement. Its chief spokesperson, Margaritis Schinas, was pressed to answer if this was a clear condemnation of police violence, which had left some 800 people wounded in Barcelona, and if Spain was infringing on peoples’ fundamental right of expression. He declined to elaborate beyond the text of the statement.