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Divendres, 24 de juny de 2016

The British EU referendum is an example of democracy, even as the result is a fiasco for Europe and proof of the need to reform the EU.

Although the result is a setback, it is at the same time an opportunity to rethink the Europe we want.
 
We respect the decision of the British people, although we do not think is the result is best for Britain or Europe: Brexit is a debacle for all those of us who believe in Europe.
 
But the right of the British people to decide democratically though a referendum has been recognised. A referendum, incidentally, showing a very narrow victory for Leave (51.9% vs. 48.1%), though no one is demanding a minimum turnout or percentage of votes in favour. We have likewise taken note of this here.

In Catalonia we have always felt European–now more than ever–despite the unpopularity of the European political project because of the democratic deficit–especially evident in the lack of parliamentary representation and in the TTIP negotiations–high unemployment, the huge deficit and public debt of some member states, the lack of investment, the refugee crisis, and the glaring disputes between the Member States on foreign policy and action. Brexit is proof of the crucial need for change: the EU must take this stumbling block to work towards deeper political integration among those of us who want to remain.

We will now see how the departure of the UK is managed. The UK and the EU will remain mutually important in economic and social terms, and we are sure we will not go far wrong if we say that they will seek to arrange bilateral agreements such as those already in place with Switzerland.
 
This will prove Esquerra Republicana right, for we have said repeatedly that there are many ways of being in the EU. Many more than simply “IN or OUT”. Brexit will make clear once again that what rules in the EU is pragmatism and the art of the possible more than anything else.

We must also heed the consequences of the majority will of the Scots to continue in the EU. With this new scenario, the option of Scottish independence has surged. And just as has always been the case with any nation that wishes to decide on its own future, they will have our full support.

Spain must learn from the British: sovereignty is exercised by the people in referendums. The ballot can change everything. And here in Catalonia, only Esquerra Republicana can make that possible.

We deplore the Spanish Foreign Minister's unfortunate comments, taking advantage of the result of the EU referendum to table once again the Spanish claims to Gibraltar.

Although the result is a setback, it is at the same time an opportunity to rethink the Europe we want.
Although the result is a setback, it is at the same time an opportunity to rethink the Europe we want.

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