Nats’ back­ing for Cata­lan vote

The Sunday Post (Dundee) - - Politics -

SNP min­is­ters have given their sup­port to Cat­alo­nian sep­a­ratists who are banned from hold­ing an in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum.

Span­ish Prime Min­is­ter Mar­i­ano Ra­joy has re­jected calls by Cata­lan of­fi­cials for ne­go­ti­a­tions on a vote.

Of­fi­cials in Cat­alo­nia and the north-east­ern re­gion’s cap­i­tal, Barcelona, asked in a let­ter re­leased on Fri­day for fresh di­a­logue on hold­ing the vote with the gov­ern­ment’s per­mis­sion.

“The prime min­is­ter can’t make some­thing il­le­gal into some­thing le­gal,” said Inigo Men­dez de Vigo, the min­is­ter of cul­ture.

Madrid has re­jected the uni­lat­eral vote planned for Oc­to­ber 1, but separatist politicians launched the Yes cam­paign on Thurs­day as they press ahead with the vote de­spite a court ban and a crim­i­nal probe into three out of four Cata­lan may­ors ac­tively sup­port­ing it.

Scot­land’s Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs Sec­re­tary Fiona Hys­lop said: “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.”

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