Cat­alo­nia farce

The Scotsman - - Perspective / Letters To The Editor -

No-one ex­cept fa­nat­ics in sup­port of in­de­pen­dence can pos­si­bly ac­cept that the Cata­lan ref­er­en­dum has le­git­i­macy. Leave aside the fact that it was il­le­gal un­der the Spanish con­sti­tu­tion. Leave aside the fact that it has di­vided the coun­try and set Cata­lan against Cata­lan. The es­sen­tial truth is that only 37 per cent of the peo­ple of the re­gion of Cat­alo­nia voted to sep­a­rate from Spain even though to do so would cause eco­nomic and fi­nan­cial panic. Al­ready there has been a run on the banks which, along­side ma­jor com­pa­nies, are flee­ing the re­gion. Those Cata­lans who want Spain to re­main a uni­tary state are in the ma­jor­ity – as re­peated opin­ion polls have shown. This il­le­gal ref­er­en­dum, pred­i­cated on griev­ance

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