Spain’s prime minister went before parliament to issue an impassioned warning about self-determination referenda and the effect he felt they could have on the EU.
On the eve of the vote in Scotland, and ahead of a planned referendum in Catalonia, Mariano Rajoy told the Scots and Catalonians “the whole of Europe believes these processes are enormously negative”.
“These processes are a torpedo on the waterline of the European spirit because the EU was created to integrate states, not break them up. And that’s the sign of the times, integration, not division. We need strong countries and unions to face the global challenges worldwide,” he said.
Barcelona is bubbling with support for the Scots vote as a win in Edinburgh will be seen as proof it is possible in Catalonia, too. But Spain’s Constitutional Court still has to rule on the referendum’s legality. If it rules the vote out, Madrid can ignore it even if it goes ahead.