Belgium: Catalan independence referendum «was not legal» — EC spokesperson

SOT, Margaritis Schinas, European Commission Chief Spokesperson (English): «Okay, thank you for your statement. Yes, please». «Under the Spanish Constitution, yesterday's vote in Catalonia was not legal,» stated European Commission Chief Spokesperson Margaritis Schinas, during a press briefing in Brussels on Monday. «For the European Commission, as President Juncker has reiterated repeatedly... Еще, this is an internal matter for Spain that has to be dealt with in line with the constitutional order of Spain,» said Schinas. The EC spokesperson then continued saying that «if a referendum were to be organised in line with the Spanish Constitution it would mean that the territory leaving would find itself outside of the European Union.» Schinas also called for «all relevant players to now move very swiftly from confrontation to dialogue.» Later on, a journalist intervened on the matter. The reporter first questioned Schinas on whether it is illegal «to let people vote or to suppress the possibility for people to express themselves.» He then asked the EC spokesperson if it was «necessary to attack people, peaceful people — people that were absolutely not violent — just because they were queuing up to vote.» «I think you should say very clearly: 'No, the police in Spain should have not attacked peaceful people queuing for voting.' If you don't say this, I'm sorry, you are not being the guardian of the treaty,» the journalist concluded. Schinas failed to reply to the intervention and moved on to the following question by another reporter.

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