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Mon Oct 15, 2012, 01:12 PM

Catalonia leader threatens to draw EU into independence row with Spain

Source: The Guardian

Catalonia in north-east Spain will issue a challenge to Brussels when its voters are asked to declare whether they want an independent state within the EU.

Regional leader Artur Mas said on Monday he planned to ask the question, including the reference to the EU, during a four-year term that starts after regional elections on 25 November even though Spain's prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, has threatened to block a referendum.

A yes vote in the referendum would not just create a constitutional crisis for Spain, which has no mechanism for allowing the independence of one of its regions, but would also issue a clear challenge to the EU, which has no system for the breakup of a member state. A new entity could have future membership blocked by just one member country.

The Catalan referendum would take place around the time of a similar vote in Scotland in 2014 and could be followed by an independence vote in the Basque country, where nationalists and separatists are expected to win elections this weekend. Basque nationalists have long pursued the dream of joining the EU as a separate state on an equal footing with Spain.

Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/oct/15/catalonia-leader-threat-independence-eu-spain

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dipsydoodle Oct 2012 #1

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Mon Oct 15, 2012, 01:19 PM

1. asked to declare whether they want an independent state within the EU ?

They may have overlooked that Spain would veto an application for them to join the EU. Same applies to Venice and Italy.

Article 49 refers.

Article 49 of the EU treaty says that any European State, which respects the principles of liberty, democracy, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, and the rule of law, may apply to become a member of the Union. All these conditions, including the quality of ''European State'', are subject to interpretation and have to be agreed by all the Member States and by the absolute majority of the European Parliament. Moreover, the agreement on the conditions of admission must be ratified by all the contracting States in accordance with their respective constitutional requirements, which means that if one Member State does not ratify it, it can not enter in force.

http://www.europedia.moussis.eu/books/Book_2/7/25/02/?all=1

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