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    Europe to Accept Catalonian Independence if Proclaimed - Catalan Official

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    Europe will not oppose process of Catalonia gaining independence from Spain, according to spokesman for the Catalan Cabinet Francesc Homs.

    MADRID (Sputnik) — The Government of Catalonia is confident that Europe will not oppose its process of gaining independence from Spain, spokesman for the Catalan Cabinet Francesc Homs said on Tuesday.

    On Monday, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said in an interview with the National Radio of Spain that Europe would never recognize Catalonian independence.

    "Experience shows us that the things that seemed to never be accepted were accepted in Europe. States have been created, that had never existed," Homs stressed.

    According to Homs, Rajoy’s statement on the European position "has no grounds," as well as the intention of the Spanish authorities to turn to the Constitutional Court of Spain if Catalonia unilaterally proclaims independence.

    "Threats hardly work in European politics, because everything changes, and new states have been created within the European Union," the spokesman added.

    Homs accused Spain’s prime minister of acting only "with statements and threats," not making Catalonia any proposals. He called on Rajoy to respect the opinion of the Catalan people, that would be expressed during the vote on September 27, 2015.

    Last week, two leading pro-independence movements, Republican Left of Catalonia, headed by Oriol Junqueras, and Democratic Convergence of Catalonia, led by Artur Mas, as well as a number of other parties and civil organizations, signed a roadmap for the region's independence process, which outlines the path they want to take if they win in September's elections.

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