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: You may not like
: the official Spanish reaction, but the
: Constitution supports the maintenance of a
: unified Spain. How the unification is
: maintained may not always be pleasant, or
: strike secessionists as just, but the law is
: on the side of Rajoy.
: Seriously, do you know any constitution that
: allows a secession of a region, state or
: province ?
: There's a process of constitutional
: amendments that can be enacted to permit
: referenda on the issue of independence.
: Spain, naturally, is unwilling to go down
: that route.
: So what is your solution ?
: Catalonia is condemned to remain part of
: Spain until Madrid decides to think
: otherwise in ... 50 or 100 years ?
Until they can come to a Constitutional arrangement whereby a legal referendum is permitted and takes place in a free and fair manner.
Besides, more than 50% of eligible Catalan voters don't consider themselves "condemned to remain part of Spain." The separatists have yet to even gain a simple majority of 50% + 1 of the electorate's support.
: Few secessions were peaceful.
: The Czech Republik and Slovakia come to mind
: as a honourable exception.
: Of course all constitutions maintain the
: unity of the country, which doesn't mean
: that a region, state or province may not
: aspire to its independence or in a lesse
: grade, more autonomy.
: But if the central state remains closed in
: its ivory tower surrounded by the
: constitution, dialogue may proove a bit
: Dialogue hasn't been a talking point for
: separatists for a while now. If it had been,
: then greater strides would have been made
: towards permitting a legal referendum,
: rather than declaring unilaterally that one
: would occur, knowing for a fact that it was
: in violation of the constitution.
: What Catalonia did these days, Portugal did
: the same in 1640 - I guess whe have a debt
: of gratitude towards Catalonia .
: When Catalonia rebelled against Madrid,
: Olivares send all troops staying in Portugal
: to fight the secessionists and it was easier
: for us to proclaim the independence.
: Times have changed. The role of the
: nation-state has changed. Despite the wishes
: of some of my fellow Texans that we secede
: from the US and re-establish the Republic of
: Texas, I and every other Texan who is able
: to separate my love for my state from my
: knowledge of constitutional law recognize
: that we're Americans and we're always going
: to be Americans.
: Of course, at the time, there was no
: constitution nor any famous article 155 that
: Madrid could invoke.
: But Portugal and Spain were at war (not very
: serious - a couple of battles every odd
: year) for 28 long years.
: Hope the declaration of independence will
: not produce such result.
: Doubtful, given that the separatists can't
: command a majority in their own would-be
: nation-state. It's hard to declare
: independence when less than 50 percent of
: your voting-eligible potential citizenry
: want to be independent.
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