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Spain nervous with Catalonia says it will not interfere with Scotland's referendum

Wednesday, February 5th 2014 - 23:12 UTC
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García Margallo also warned Catalan leaders about a unilateral declaration of independence García Margallo also warned Catalan leaders about a unilateral declaration of independence

Spain has no intention of interfering in Scotland’s push for independence and is willing to consider an eventual Scottish application to join the EU as a separate state, foreign minister García Margallo said in an interview with the Financial Times.

 The newspaper said that while he refused to comment directly on whether Spain might veto Scottish accession to the EU after an independence vote, he insisted the cases of Scotland and Catalonia were “fundamentally different”.

Madrid would continue to resist a Catalan plan to hold its own referendum on independence less than two months after the Scottish vote in September, he told the FT.

García-Margallo also warned Catalan leaders in particular not to go down the route of a unilateral declaration of independence.

“A state born through a unilateral declaration of independence would have no international recognition whatsoever. It would be absolutely isolated in the concert of nations. Such a state would not have access to the United Nations system or to the World Bank or the IMF,” he said in the interview.

The Spanish official drew a parallel with unrecognized break-away regions such as South Ossetia, Abkhazia and Somaliland, all of which he said remain in “international limbo”.

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  • nololly

    A_Voice is voting status quo, but he's too shy to say….

    Feb 05th, 2014 - 11:34 pm 0
  • CabezaDura2

    Scotland will remain in the Union this year and that will have a impact on its Celtic Iberian cousins... The Catalan politician’s strategy should be taking distance from the Scottish “Yes” campaign because it’s going to be a disaster.

    Feb 05th, 2014 - 11:35 pm 0
  • A_Voice

    It's not a forgone conclusion ..the latest polls are 45% Yes 30% No 25% undecided.
    The 25% could go either way....
    Although a look at the Bookies odds tells a different story...

    Feb 06th, 2014 - 12:25 am 0
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