Janice Atkinson, Independent MEP for the South East of England, has hit out at the Spanish government’s attempts to repress the Catalan referendum by using levels of street violence which she says ‘would have made Franco proud’.
In a hard hitting condemnation of the Madrid government’s tactics, Janice says: “It should beggar belief that a modern European government feels it legitimate to resort to rubber bullets, police beatings and the enforced closure of telecommunications to thwart the right of its people to express themselves.
‘Sadly, since the Madrid government is effectively under the control of the EU, the tactics are not surprising. The EU essentially does not believe in free speech when it seeks to express the will of the people in matters of self-determination. It abhors referenda because it fears the outcomes as Brexit vote showed it had every reason to. ‘
‘I have no view of the outcome of the referendum and have friends on both sides of the debate, the passion of which I have seen on recent visits to Barcelona and Madrid.
‘Equally, I would never interfere in a country’s self-determination but I fear the scenes we are seeing in Catalonia – of which Franco would have been proud – are a taste of things to come with an EU army headed up by a Merkel/Macron axis.
‘European voters never voted for an EU army. They will need to be vigilant to ensure that it is never used against them should they seek to exercise their democratic rights of self-determination.’
Janice will be speaking on the issue in the European Parliament on Tuesday 3 October.
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