Madrid has warned Catalonia that it has the sufficient means to block the fugitive region’s “illegal” plans for a self-determination referendum, as two Catalan political giants unite to pursue their battle for independence.
Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria announced Wednesday that the country's central government believes the vote would be unconstitutional, saying, “our legislation has many mechanisms to stop any illegality."
But despite strong opposition from Madrid, two of Barcelona's heavyweight political parties have signed an agreement calling for the self-determination vote anyway in 2014.
The new union paves the way for Artur Mas, of the conservative Convergence and Union party, to be sworn in for a new term as Catalonia’s leader despite his fall from grace after a call to vote two years ahead of schedule backfired. Now, he is set to push for the region’s independence in collaboration with Oriol Junqueras, of the Republican Left of Catalonia.
"We aim to put the future of Catalonia in the hands of the citizens of Catalonia, and to do that we want to consult them democratically," said Junqueras.The right to self-determination is one of those rights that is only recognized when its a convenient foil to use against a foreign power. It never applies to one's own nation.