head of The executive arm of EU make a slip-up by ensuring in an interview that if yes to independence of Catalonia to see light, respetaríamos
"If yes to independence in Catalonia to see light, well, respetaríamos that choice," he said today Jean-Claude Juncker, president of European Commission, in an interview with youtubers on Euronews. Your service spokespersons have been quick to underline that nothing has changed: referendum is an internal matter, and opinion of Brussels on Catalan referendum is "what you say about Courts and Constitutional", as he claimed today in an interview with The Vanguard, and several european newspapers, a phrase that has also been repeated in that same interview with Euronews. In or words: Brussels alone would be a tribute to a yes if referendum was legal. That was and remains opinion of Juncker, despite fact that out of context it may seem orwise, as has been reiterated, sources consulted in Brussels.
A spokesman for Commission has provided clarifications after dust is generated: " decision of The Constitutional Court must be respected, and refore result of referendum can only be accepted if this condition is fulfilled. President Juncker reiterates Commission's position, as it has been expressed in several responses to European Parliament from Commission, mr Prodi, and has reiterated in his interview to The avant-Garde today."
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head of The executive arm of EU and reiterates, to a direct question on wher to respect or not outcome of that consultation, that Commission "does not intervene in internal debates of a country when it comes to a democratic debate acceptable". "The Commission [Romano] Prodi, [José Manuel] Barroso and mine have always said that we will abide by what you say Constitutional Court and decision of Spanish Parliament". "If yes to independence in Catalonia to see light, well, respetaríamos that choice", says immediately after, in what seems like a slip up on whole rule and your co-workers try to remove iron. Their spokesmen make it clear that Juncker was referring to a referendum guaranteed by constitution and Courts: "That is position of European Commission, has not changed even an inch", despite fact that Oriol Junqueras, vice-president of Catalan government, has been quick to claim in social networks that declaration.
Juncker, beyond that phrase, clings to its doctrine of always: "it Is clear that if yes to independence of Catalonia, next day Catalonia can not be converted to a member of EU. You will need to follow process of accession as all member States that have entered after 2004. And if north of Luxembourg is separated from south, would have to follow same rules," he added.
The statement of Juncker
This is complete declaration of president of Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, in a program of Euronews. Initially, own Euronews was broadcast a transcript inaccurate and incomplete statement that carried some independence to proclaim that European Commission would accept result of referendum illegal from October 1.
“Well, in principle Commission does not intervene in internal debates of a country when it comes to discussions of legitimate, democratic, acceptable and accepted. The Commission [Romano] Prodi, Commission [José Manuel] Barroso and mine, we have always said that in this matter we will abide by rulings of Spanish Constitutional Court and decision of Spanish National Parliament. It is clear that if a “yes” to independence of Catalonia from ever seeing light of day, we will see, as respetaríamos that choice. But next day, after that vote, Catalonia cannot be converted into a member of Europe. You will have to follow a process of accession as all member States that have entered after 2004, is not an automatic process”. “And if north of Luxembourg is separated from south, would have to follow same rules.”