SNP calls on Spain to recognise Catalan independence referendum result

Catalonia's referendum continues to generate controversy

Catalan officials claim 90% of voters backed independence in the October 1 referendum

Monday, October 9, 2017

Lawmakers with the Scottish National Party (SNP) have called on the Spanish Government to recognise the result of the Catalan independence referendum.

The demand was made in a motion put forward at the SNP's annual conference today (October 9).

The motion read that the SNP - which has long championed secession for Scotland - "calls upon the Spanish Government to respect the overwhelming ‘si’ vote won in the Catalan referendum."

Catalan officials reported that more than 90% of the 2.2 million who voted in the October 1 referendum backed independence, and claimed that a further 800,000 people were prevented from voting.

However their counterparts in Madrid claim the referendum failed to meet international standards and there is no way of proving that the figures are accurate. Furthermore, the official turnout figure is less than half the 5.3 million registered voters in Catalonia.

Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has insisted he will push ahead with a unilerateral declaration of independence and could even declare secession tomorrow at an extraordinary session of the Catalan Parliament.

However Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has rejected the referendum, claiming it didn't even take place.

Scottish and Catalan separatists have long supported each other's causes, with a number of Catalan people travelling to Scotland to support the 'yes' campaign in the referendum of 2014.