Spanish face SNP criticism over Catalan referendum
THE Scottish Government attacked its Spanish counterparts yesterday for refusing to grant Catalonia an independence referendum.
SNP Ministers usually maintain a diplomatic silence on the affairs of their fellow separatists, but spoke out yesterday, with 700 mayors facing arrest for facilitating the vote.
Catalonia’s regional government insists a vote will take place on October 1, but the Spanish government has vowed to block it, describing it as ‘unconstitutional’.
Fiona Hyslop, Scotland’s External Affairs Secretary, said: ‘All peoples have the right to self-determination and to choose the form of government best suited to their needs.’
She added: ‘The decision over Catalonia’s future direction is a matter for the people who live there, and the Catalan and Spanish Governments are perfectly entitled to take positions for and against independence.
‘However, all peoples have the right to self-determination and to choose the form of government best suited to their needs, a principle which is enshrined in the UN Charter.
‘The Edinburgh Agreement was an example of how two governments, with diametrically opposed views on whether or not Scotland should become independent, were able to come together to agree a process to allow the people to decide. It is essential that democracy and civil rights are respected in all countries.’