Spain refuses to request a ruling from the EU on Catalan independence
The Spanish government has ruled out requesting the European Commission for a legal ruling on an eventual independence of Catalonia and the continuity of the Catalan state in the EU. It says that it does not see it as necessary, despite the declarations of spokespersons of the Commission, who have left it clear that they will not make a definitive statement on an independent Catalonia until a formal request has been made on the part of the Spanish state.
According to a report from the press agency Europa Press, the Spanish government considers that EU treaties already leave it clear that an independent Catalonia would remain outside the EU, and that it “would have to join the queue to apply for membership”, which would have to be ratified unanimously by all member states. That is to say, Spain would have the right of veto.
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