Estonian MP, unlike government, supports Catalan independence
The head of Estonian opposition parliamentary group of the Conservative People’s Party of Estonia, Martin Helme, has evaluated that the Estonian government should not support the EU’s official, based, according to him on the hostility of an empire towards national awakening and splitting from a large territory.
«The decision of the parliament of Catalonia to declare independence changes the situation fundamentally,» Helme said on social media. «But now it is clear that the Catalan leadership is unequivocally committed to independence, and it’s equally clear that they have the unwavering support for this of a big percentage of the people.»
The MP evaluated that nobody would be taking simply political steps in a situation in which the Spanish government has threatened members of both the regional government and the parliament with a 30-year jail term for treason and people are standing face to face with bloodshed on the streets and serious economic consequences.
However, Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas stated on Friday, October 27: «The referendum carried out in Spain’s autonomous region Catalonia and the subsequent declaration of independence are inconsistent with the Spanish Constitution. (..) The current problem can only be solved by communication between Madrid and Barcelona, hopefully only with by force of words and arguments, as was said by European Council President Donald Tusk.»