Catalan independence: Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood urges Wales to recognise new country

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood has spoken out on Catalonia

Catalonia should be recognised, according to Leanne Wood

Friday, October 27, 2017

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood has urged the Welsh Assembly to recognise the new state of Catalonia.

Wood published a statement following Catalonia's declaration of independence this afternoon - despite the fact that European Council president Donald Tusk has already said the fledgling country will not be recognised by the EU.

Wood said: "I congratulate the Catalan people on gaining their independence through peaceful and democratic means.

"The Catalan people have insisted on a democratic route to achieving independence through the ballot box. They are to be commended for continuing to reject violence even though they have faced brutality from the Spanish State.

"Plaid Cymru will be calling for the National Assembly for Wales to recognise the Catalan Republic as an independent country."

Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Catalonia, and Plaid Cymru MP, Hywel Williams added:

"Today marks a historic moment for the Catalan people.

"The European Union must now uphold its founding principles of liberty, democracy and civil liberties, and stand with the people of Catalonia as European citizens."