Catalan independence has received a new door slam from European Parliament this Thursday, when a large majority of the plenary session has rejected that self-determination has a fit in the European Union.
The vote, on an amendment presented in this regard by ERC MEP Diana Riba, has opted for 487 votes against, 170 votes in favor and 37 abstentions against a text that stated that “all the peoples of the Union have the right of self-determination, by virtue of which they can freely establish their political status and freely provide for their economic, social and cultural development ”.
The representatives of Podemos, one of the parties that govern Spain, have voted in favor, such as those of ERC, EH Bildu, the PNV and JxCat. The amendment on self-determination, which was part of the vote on the annual report on the situation of fundamental rights in the EU, urged UE institutions to respect and defend “the rights of peoples to self-determination” and “cultures , identities, languages and all the democratic and peaceful ambitions of the European peoples ”.
ERC has also failed to include in the fundamental rights report a request for its leader, Oriol Junqueras, to regain the seat in the European Parliament. His seat was vacant in January this year when the president of the chamber, David Sassoli, applied the decisions of the Central Electoral Board and the Spanish Supreme Court, which affirmed that Junqueras was no longer a MEP, although he had been elected, because he had been firmly condemned by justice. In this case, the vote has opted for 495 votes to 131, and 67 abstentions.