BARCELONA: ‘ DEFIANT CATALONIA TO HOLD REFERENDUM INDEPENDENCE POLL ‘

#AceWorldNews – BARCELONA – Nov.08 – There is a certain feeling of excitement in the air, the kind which makes the hairs on the skin stand up. Something big is about to happen.

People hold "estelada" flags, Catalan separatist flags, during a gathering to mark the Calatalonia day "Diada" in central Barcelona September 11, 2014. (Reuters / Albert Gea)

People hold “estelada” flags, Catalan separatist flags, during a gathering to mark the Calatalonia day “Diada” in central Barcelona September 11, 2014. (Reuters / Albert Gea)

  • Red and yellow striped flags can now be found all over Catalonia, hanging on balconies, houses and official buildings. Many of the them carry the blue triangle with the white star – a call for independence.

There is also a few signs reading “votar es normal!” (voting is normal) as a protest to the fact that Catalonia is not able to hold a referendum on independence with the blessing of Madrid nor a “consultation” on the question.

The 9N – as the consultative and non-legally-binding vote is called – serves to give the Catalan authorities a better idea of how big support for independence is across Catalonia.

During the last three nights at ten o’clock, the evening silence has been broken for five minutes by the banging on pots from balconies all over Barcelona – another protest to the latest setback for the pseudo-referendum.

At the end of September, Catalan president Artur Mas signed a decree calling for a consultation asking Catalans whether they want independence.

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‘ Catalonia Signs Historic Decree For Referendum ‘

#AceNewsServices – CATALONIA – September 27 – The president of Catalonia, Artur Mas, has signed a decree calling an independence referendum for Nov. 9. The secessionist drive of the Spanish region has been rebuked by Madrid, which vowed to block the vote.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has called a government meeting Monday that is expected to provide a legal response to Barcelona’s announcement. Madrid plans to challenge the vote in the constitutional court.

Last week the Catalan parliament voted to hold an independence referendum in November, with 106 MPs in favour and 28 against.

Support in Catalonia for seceding from Spain grew in the relatively prosperous north-East province over years of economic hardships and austerity measures. A recent opinion poll by the Omnibus Opinion Studies Centre showed that almost 60 percent of Catalan’s would vote for independence.

Madrid insists that holding a referendum would be illegal and unconstitutional.

Following Mas’s statement, Spanish Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria said the Madrid government will hold an emergency cabinet meeting within days and that the referendum will be challenged in the Constitutional Court.

This referendum will not be held because it is unconstitutional,” she said during a press conference on Saturday.

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SCOTLAND: ‘ Debate Surrounding Independency Which Country Agrees YES or NO ‘

#AceNewsServices – SCOTLAND – September 18 – Debate surrounding the question of whether Scotland should become an independent country has seen impassioned interventions on both sides of the argument.

Supporters for the Yes campaign for the Scottish Independence Referendum hold flags that symbolize Catalonia's independence, during a demonstration in Barcelona, Spain Photo: Emilio Morenatti/AP

Supporters for the Yes campaign for the Scottish Independence Referendum hold flags that symbolize Catalonia’s independence, during a demonstration in Barcelona, Spain Photo: Emilio Morenatti/AP

Within Britain and abroad, politicians and statesman have clambered to urge Scottish voters, depending on ideology, to vote in favour of independence or to retain the United Kingdom.

As millions of Scots prepare to go to the polls on Thursday, the Telegraph looks back at how the world has responded to the potential dissolution of the UK’s 300-year-old union UK Telegraph reported in flash-back.

NO: THE ANTI-INDEPENDENCE CAMP
Spain
“For Scotland, secession would be a catastrophe. It would end up in a Balkanisation process that nobody in Europe wants right now” – García-Margallo, foreign minister
“I have spoken to the representatives of the 28 states and enthusiasm for processes of this type is nil, because I understand they are bad for the region in question, for the state and the EU as a whole” – Mariano Rajoy, prime minister.

Italy

“The UK is one of the pillars of the single market, of big international trade agreements and is so important in Europe that the consequence will be maybe the start of the true decline of the European Union. The sequence, the consequences of tomorrow’s referendum, could be very, very dangerous” – Enrico Letta, prime minister

Having Scotland outside the EU means the English-Scottish border becomes a customs frontier, with controls and tariffs. EU regional funding would end. Fishing rights would have to be re-negotiated from outside. And that is just the start of a very long list of disadvantages” – Ginna Pittella, leader of Socialist bloc of European Parliament

USA

I would say that the United Kingdom has been an extraordinary partner to us. From the outside, at least, it looks like things have worked pretty well. And we obviously have a deep interest in making sure that one of the closest allies that we will ever have remains strong, robust, united, and an effective partner. But ultimately these are decisions that are to be made by the folks there”Barack Obama, president

“The UK is an extraordinary partner for America and a force for good in an unstable world. I hope it remains strong, robust and united”Barack Obama, President, on the eve of voting

“I hope the Scots people will vote to remain in the UK for several reasons”Bill Clinton, former president

“You will not find anyone involved in American foreign policy – from the President on down – who does not think that this division will weaken the alliance that we have” Brad Sherman, congressman (D)

Australia

I am a firm friend of the United Kingdom and I want it to remain the United Kingdom, not the disunited Kingdom. It is a matter for Scotland, obviously, but as a friend of the United Kingdom that is my view” Tony Abbott, prime minister

Canada

We think, from a Canadian perspective, that a strong, united United Kingdom is an overwhelmingly positive force in the world”Stephen Harper, prime minister

India

“Great Scot! Independence vote may up Scotch prices” – Hindustan Times

Germany

“A German foreign minister is well advised not to interfere in British domestic politics. But I would openly admit that I would rather see Great Britain remain together” – Frank-Walter Steinmeier, German Foreign Minister

“A ‘Yes’ vote for Scottish independence on Thursday would go down in history as a political and economic mistake as large as Winston Churchill’s decision in 1925 to return the pound to the Gold Standard or the failure of the Federal Reserve to provide sufficient liquidity to the US banking system, which we now know brought on the Great Depression in the US” David Folkerts-Landau, Deutsche Bank Chief Economist

The opt-outs they’re pushing for would make it very difficult for Scotland to get membership… I would be extremely surprised if there was an automatic accession to the EU” Jo Leinen, senior Socialist MEP

“Scottish independence remains an adventure – poltically, economically and from a currency standpoint” – Die Weit

China

[China wants a] “strong, prosperous and united United Kingdom” Li Keqiang, Chinese premier

“The concept of unity is the reason why the United Kingdom exists. If Scotland splits, it will hurt Britain’s self esteem and also reduce the impact of the country on the international stage. The world will suffer too. Britain cannot ignore this because Scotland means a lot to the UK” – China News Wire

YES: THE PRO-INDEPENDENCE CAMP

France

I would obviously vote for Scottish independence because I’m too keen on history not to know that Scotland is the traditional ally of the French ever since the Ancien Régime” – Jean-Luc Mélenchon, a maverick politician who ran for president in 2012 as the candidate of the Front de Gauche

Quebec

This is not about destroying the UK, it’s not about being against Britain, it’s about creating something new, an independent free Scotland. You can leave the negativity to the No campaign. Do I hope that Scottish independence could serve as an inspiration for us? Yes I do, I certainly do” – Daniel Turp, veteran of Quebec’s pro-independence campaign

Bavaria

We wish our Scottish friends victory in the referendum with all our hearts. For us in Bavaria it would be a real boost and it would no longer be so easy for our media to negate or ridicule this topic. The larger the political unit, the less chance individuals have of being heard” Florian Weber, eader of the pro-independence Bavaria Party

Catalonia

“If the yes wins then all of the European governments will have to accept the result, including Madrid. And I am convinced that the negotiations between Brussels, London and Edinburgh will start very quickly with the goal to keep Scotland in the European Union. The consequences for us are important. It raises the question that if the Scottish people have the right to decide then why not the Catalan people” Artur Mas, president of the semi-autonomous Spanish region

North Korea

“I think that independence would be a very positive thing for Scotland. I believe that every person has the right to be a member of an independent nation, to have sovereignty, to live in peace and to enjoy equality. And I believe that a majority of Scots feel the same and will vote for independence” Choe Kwan-il, managing editor of Pyongyang-supported Choson Sinbo

Palestinian territories

Every person wants to be able to decide for themselves. So if they want to separate from the UK, then of course I support them” Issa Musallam, Palestinian bagpipe player Issa Musallam, 23

As a bagpipe player, and knowing the history of bagpipes, I like to call it an instrument of war, The Scots used to have bagpipes on the battlefield, so for me, it’s part of resistance. But as Palestinians, like everyone else, we want our own state. The Scottish want their independence, their state, so they can live in a country that’s theirs and theirs alone” – Majeed Qonqar, Palestinian bagpipe player

Argentina

“In four days, we will know whether this perfect storm was just a passing breeze, or if Great Britain should prepare itself to take its place in the coffers of history alongside the Soviet Union, Yugoslavia, and so many other old broken states” – Martin Rodriguez Yebra, La Nacion newspaper.

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‘ Eyes of the World are on Scotland as Other Countries Gather for the Vote on Independence ‘

#AceNewsServices – (Exclusive) – BRUSSELS – September 15 – This week most of the EU’s attention will focus on Scottish voters who, on Thursday, will decide whether they want their country to break away from its 300-year union with rest of the UK the EUobserver reported from Brussels on September 12 on the agenda.   

Already a searing political issue in the UK where polls put the yes and no camp neck and neck, it is also of huge interest to the rest of the EU which contains several independence-minded regions.

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Topping the list of such regions is Catalonia which wants to have an independence referendum of its own on 9 November.

A Catalan government envoy as well as several lawmakers will be in Scotland in the run-up to the vote.

The interest is so large because a Yes vote would represent the first time an EU member state has broken up and would raise a series of EU questions about the newly independent state – including whether it would become an EU member, what it would pay into the EU budget, how many EP seats it would have, would it have an EU commissioner and what currency it would use.

There has been much debate over the ‘automaticity’ of membership for a putative independent Scotland, given that it is already part of the EU.

The European Commission, for its part, has gone from saying earlier this year that it would be “difficult, if not impossible” for Scotland to join to maintaining a tightlipped silence on the matter.

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has suggested EU membership terms would be negotiated in the 18 months after any Yes vote, with the latest poll putting the No camp slighty ahead (51%) of the Yes camp (49%).

The European Parliament will gather for its first work session after the summer. The new-look parliament, the eighth EU assembly, is again dominated by men (63%) and ranges from a deputy of 26 years (a Dane) to a 91-year old Greek.

Around half (50.6%) of MEPs are unfamiliar with the EP’s Strasbourg corridors, including all of Greece’s MEPs. Deputies from Germany, on the other hand, largely remain the same (70% are returning MEPs)..

On the EP’s agenda is a vote on the EU’s trade agreement with Ukraine (Tuesday); a discussion with outgoing EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on conflicts in the Middle East (Wednesday); and a debate on the European Youth Initiative – a €6bn fund launched in January meant to help member states implement a job-finding scheme for young people, but on which progress has been very slow.

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‘ YES or NO Everyone in Scotland Has an Opinion Either Sassenach or Scot ‘

#AceWorldNews – SCOTLAND – September 15 – Travellers to Scotland, beware. In buses, pubs and street rallies, people have only one thing on their mind these days: Scottish independence.

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They wear bumper stickers with “Yes” or “No thanks”, dye their hair white and blue, sing folk songs and hand out leaflets.

' YES or NO The Scottish People Decide '

‘ YES or NO The Scottish People Decide ‘

Posters are everywhere.

For the yes camp, it is about a nation going its own way, breaking away from a political elite in Westminister.

To “naysayers”, it is a foolish decision instigated by populists, that will ruin two nations for generations to come.

Both camps are virtually equal, with pollsters saying the referendum on Thursday (18 September) can go either way.

The referendum will also have an impact on other independence-minded regions in the EU, such as Catalonia in Spain and Flanders in Belgium.

Scotland will set a precedent for how Brussels deals with territories breaking off from an EU member state.

Aye or nay

Any person over 16 who resides in Scotland, irrespective of their nationality, will be allowed to answer the question: “Should Scotland be an independent country?”

Several foreign students and an English shopkeeper told this website they will not cast their vote, however, because this is a “Scottish matter”.

But David Warren, a 50-year old accountant who is originally from Trinidad and has been living in Edinburgh for over 20 years, said he will vote yes “because I want Scotland to experience what my home country experienced in 1962 when it became independent from the UK”.

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SPAIN: ‘ Catalan’s Demonstrate for Right to Vote on Independence

#AceWorldNews – SPAIN (Barcelona)- September 12 – Around 1.8 million Catalan’s took to the streets of Barcelona on Thursday (12 September) calling for the right to vote on independence.

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The demonstration marks the beginning of a critical period in Barcelona-Madrid relations.

Dressed in red and yellow – the national colours – people shouted “in-inde-indepedencia!” and “volem votar!” (we want to vote) while waving the Catalan independence flag.

Almost a quarter of the 7.5 million Catalans celebrated Catalan National Day – La Diada – in the streets of Barcelona, according to the local police forces.

The day commemorates Catalonia’s loss of independence in the War of the Spanish Succession in 1714, exactly 300 years ago.

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` Spanish Government cannot allow `Catalonia ‘ to hold a ` Referendum ‘ on Independence as the Procedure is not Constituted by Law ‘

#AceWorldNews – CATALONIA – March 30 – Spanish government cannot allow Catalonia to hold a referendum on independence since that procedure is not provided for by the law, Deputy Prime Minister, Soraya Saenz de Santamaria has said, reports Itar-Tass.

While the current government is in power, such a law will not be passed, as “a part of the population cannot decide the question of national sovereignty for others,” she added.

The official was speaking in Barcelona at a demonstration of the ruling party on Sunday.

Saenz noted though that the government is ready for dialogue with Catalonia on various issues, as long as it is in line with the constitution.

She reiterated that if Catalonia quits Spain, it will also stop being a member of the EU, may have to quit the eurozone as well as the Schengen area.

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` Spain’s Constitutional Court rules that a `Referendum ‘ in Catalonia ‘ on ` Independence ‘ Violates Supreme Law ‘

#AceWorldNews – SPAIN – March 25 – Spain’s Constitutional Court ruled Tuesday that a referendum in Catalonia on independence from the rest of the country would violate the supreme law.

Judges said that a region within Spain “cannot unilaterally call a referendum on self-determination.” A poll published last week by the Centre for Opinion Studies found that up the 60 percent of Catalonians’ support independence.

The Spanish authorities have said they will discuss whether to allow Catalonia to hold a referendum or not in a parliamentary debate scheduled for April 8.

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The turnout at the referendum currently under-way in Crimea will be not less than 80%, Crimean Information Minister Dmitry Polonsky said on Sunday. “Data proves that the turnout exceeds 70%,” the minister said, adding that the joint efforts allowed the authorities to organize the referendum within the shortest period of time. “The team, which is taking the lead in Crimea, has been created recently. It involved young and ambitious politicians.” “Crimeans have waited for a referendum for a long time. We’re ready to share our experience with Scotland and Catalonia: you’ll see how the referendum is organised,” Polonsky said. #ANS2014

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` Crimean’s are not the only ones that want `Independence of State ‘ as `Veneto ‘ vie’s to break from Rome ‘

#AceWorldNews As Crimeans make their way to the polls this Sunday, another region further in the heart of Europe is also deciding its fate in a referendum: the Italian region of Veneto, which is voting on whether to break with Rome.

The independence movement insists the industrial northern region’s wealth is being drain by Rome’s mismanagement of the financial crisis.

Following in the footsteps of Scotland and Catalonia, Venice – the capital of the Italian region of Veneto – will be holding a referendum to form an independent republic.

About 3.8 million people in the region are eligible to vote in the referendum, which runs through Friday.

Leaders of the independence movement say they are not going to wait for Rome’s approval, and if the population votes in favour they will begin the separation process.

The latest polls carried out by the independence movement show that over 60 percent of the population is in favour of becoming independent.

“If there is a majority yes vote, we have scholars drawing up a declaration of independence and there are businesses in the region who say they will begin paying taxes to local authorities instead of to Rome,” Lodovico Pizzati, the spokesman for the independence movement, told the Telegraph newspaper.

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Spain: “Lawmakers in Spanish Region of Catalonia Vote to Seek a Referendum on Breaking away from Spain”

#AceWorldNews says Lawmakers in the north-eastern Spanish region of Catalonia on Thursday voted to seek a referendum on breaking away from Spain. The Catalan Parliament in Barcelona voted 87 to 43 in favour of a referendum, with 3 abstentions, Reuters reported. A petition will be sent to the national parliament seeking the power to call a popular vote on the region’s future. Polls show roughly half of Catalans want independence. As many as 80 percent want the right to vote on the matter.

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