EU Spain: Juncker does not want Catalonian independence

From BBC - October 13, 2017

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has said he does not back Catalan independence, fearing others may follow the same path.

Mr Juncker, speaking at a students forum in Luxembourg, warned it could result in a region too complicated for the European Union (EU) to govern.

Spain has been in turmoil since the separatist government in Catalonia held a disputed referendum on 1 October.

The vote, declared invalid by Spain's top court, had a 43% turnout.

Almost 90% of voters backed independence, Catalan officials say, resulting in Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont signing a symbolic declaration of independence on Tuesday.

However, he then suspended its implementation to allow several weeks for talks with Madrid.

Madrid, in turn, has issued its own ultimatum, with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy giving Mr Puigdemont five days to explain whether or not he has declared independence.

If Mr Puigdemont confirms by Monday that he has, he will be given a further three days to withdraw the declaration.


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