#AceWorldNews says according to LONDON (Reuters) – European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said states breaking away from existing EU countries would struggle to gain EU membership, further complicating Scottish nationalists’ already uncertain plans for independence.
#AceWorldNews says Moroccan authorities deployed riot police and closed streets around the Justice Ministry in the capital of Rabat, preventing a banned sit-in by hundreds of judges. The judges were to hold a demonstration calling for independence for the judiciary.
“We want organic laws that guarantee the independence of the judiciary from executive and legislative powers and from social and political lobbies,” president of the Judges’ Club, Yassine Mkhelli, told Reuters. Morocco’s Interior Ministry banned the protest on Friday.
The country’s justice system has been criticized for being under the control of the powerful monarchy since Morocco’s independence in 1956.
#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.