Brussels (ACN).- The Spanish MEP Esteban González Pons asked the Estonian government to stand firm against Catalan independence during its upcoming EU presidency. During a meeting of the leaders of the European Parliament's parliamentary groups with Prime Minister Jüri Ratas and his government to discuss the priorities of the new Estonian Presidency of the European Council, which begins July 1, the Spanish MEP raised the issue of Catalan independence. "The pro-independence plan of Puigdemont and his partners is not only an attack against Spain's legal system but also an attack and a challenge for the whole of the EU," he said, adding that it is "important" for the rotating EU presidency to "explain" that, if Catalonia breaks unilaterally from Spain, it will be "automatically expelled from the EU".
"The position of the EU institutions has always been very clear, and it is to point out that if a territory breaks away unilaterally from its member state it is automatically expelled from the EU"
Esteban González Pons - Spanish MEP
In a press release, the Spanish People's Party explained that González Pons raised the issue of Catalan independence in the preparatory meetings for the new EU presidency. "González Pons explained the situation that Spain is facing with calls for a referendum and the threat to unilaterally declare independence," read the statement. The PP spokesman in the European Parliament urged Estonia to show "determination" against the separatists’ plans.
"The position of the EU institutions has always been very clear, and it is to point out that if a territory breaks away unilaterally from its member state it is automatically expelled from the EU," said González Pons to his partners in Europe. The Spanish MEP criticized the Catalan Government’s attitude, adding that it is "impossible" for an independent Catalonia to stay in the EU. The Catalan executive, warned González Pons, is planning "a hard Brexit from within Spain that it is even harder than the actual Brexit in Britain."