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Statement on the events in Catalonia

European Union, Press Releases, Europe, 2017

Statement on the events in Catalonia

 

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is following closely the ongoing developments in Catalonia.

 

With regard to the political context, it is the Government's view that it is for Spanish citizens to determine for themselves their preferred constitutional and political arrangements through their own democratic institutions and in keeping with the rule of law. 

 

The reports and images of clashes, violence and injuries are of concern. There are strong historic ties between the people of Ireland and Spain.

 

Upholding the constitution and the rule of law in all its aspects is a key underpinning of a modern democracy. It is important now that steps are taken to reduce tensions and to find a way forward together. In this context, we note that the Spanish Prime Minister has indicated that he will discuss the issues with all of the parliamentary political parties.

 

ENDS