Skip to comments.Spain Rules Catalonia Independence Referendum "Unconstitutional"
Posted on 03/27/2014 1:15:27 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
With Scotland moving ever closer, Crimea having chosen their own path, and Venice overwhelmingly voting for secession from Italy, the Spanish government has put its foot down on the Catalonia's planned independence referendum. As Time reports, In a Tuesday ruling, Spanish judges found Catalonias planned independence referendum to be unconstitutional. Of course, just as in Crimea, this is being ignored by the Catalan government - a region seen as the powerhouse of the Italian economy - who exclaimed "this will have no effect on the process."
In a Tuesday ruling, Spanish judges found Catalonias planned independence referendum to be unconstitutional, but secessionists in the Spanish autonomous region (called a community in Spain) have vowed to proceed regardless.
This will have no effect on the process, said the Catalan governments spokesman Francesc Homs on local television.
Although stifled under the yoke of the Franco dictatorship, Catalonia has long felt cultural and linguistic disctinction from the rest of Spain. In recent years, it developed into a powerhouse of the nations economy. However, amid the countrys financial crisis, Madrid has been urging national unity.
No one can unilaterally deprive the entire Spanish people of the right to decide on their future, Spains conservative Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy told the parliament, which is due to debate the referendum on April 8.
Last September 11, Catalonias national day, hundreds of thousands of Catalans formed a vast human chain across the region to call for independence. The referendum, if it goes ahead, is planned for Nov. 9.
As Pater Tenebrarum noted, nation states are starting to splinter
One of these days, one of the secessionist movements in Europe is likely to succeed and then a domino effect may be let loose. The Crimea's recent change of allegiance has probably energized these movements further.
And it is about time, too. The concept of the centralized, large-scale nation state is anachronistic and should be abandoned. The increasing centralization of the EU is going in the wrong direction. Once again it must be stressed that for the individual citizen, it matters not one whit whether self-important EU politicians and bureaucrats can 'throw around their weight on the international stage'.
What matters far more is that they would likely be treated a lot better and become more prosperous if everything fell apart into tiny independent territories. That would definitely not mean that there could be no free trade zone, or that every region would necessarily use a different currency. The main goals of the founders of the EU, namely free trade and free movement of capital and people need not be abandoned on the contrary, they would likely be adopted without hesitation. When a great many small territories compete with each other for citizens, then they are all going to be forced to make a good offer that makes people want to stay. Large declines in taxes would be an immediate effect, but not the only effect that could be expected.
Catalonia is an autonomous community of Spain, designated a "nationality" by its Statute of Autonomy.
Catalonia comprises four provinces: Barcelona, Girona, Lleida, and Tarragona. The capital and largest city is Barcelona, the second largest city in Spain, and the centre of one of the largest metropolitan areas in Europe, and it comprises most of the territory of the former Principality of Catalonia, with the remainder now part of France.
Catalonia is bordered by France and Andorra to the north, the Mediterranean Sea to the east, and the Spanish regions of Aragon and the Valencian Community to west and south respectively. The official languages are Catalan, Spanish and Aranese (an Occitan dialect.
Hey, I get it—it’s unconstitutional because they don’t have standing! Or, at least that’s our usual excuse for swatting something down in the courts.
By whom? I thought it was in Spain. :)
If separatists in the UK had their way, not only would England (green), Wales (yellow), Ireland (purple) and Scotland (dark blue) be independent, autonomous regions, but so would Cornwall (orange), the Isle of Man (red), Guernsey (light blue) and Jersey (brown).
It was a typo.
By the totally unrealistic Catalan leftist “independence” movement. They tried to glom onto France for awhile, and now they believe Italy is going to love them.
Loony leftist nutbags.
Flanders (the Dutch or Flemish-speaking region) and Belgium (Walloon, which is the French-speaking region, and Brussels, the capital region) have never really got over their differences.
Sounds likes something Scalia would say.
Yahh, I figured. But a pretty funny one, I thought.
Forget it, he’s rolling.
Could it come to blows?
One thing we're learning from all of this is that people are NOTHING. We do not anywhere in the world have the right to vote for our destiny. We can not say "enough" with banker/globalist control. The only thing that's supposed to be able to change things is if the globalist ptb inspire a coup which removes functioning, legal governments.
This is what Crimea means. They had a legal situation and events where they got to vote themselves out of a chaotic situation they did not create. And they and Putin did so in a non-violent methodical way.
I say they should have an 'El Clasico' between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid....Barcelona wins, Catalonia gets their independence, Real Madrid wins, they stay with Spain.
It happened already, 3 days ago, Barcelona 4, Real 3. In the fall 0f 2013 it was Barca 1, Real 0. With the balance of Classicos between those two teams in recent years, Catalunia became independent long time ago....
That's exactly what I was wondering........And also it would break up the Spanish national team. They won't be winning any World Cups, after they break up,
Franco had the right idea for these folks...