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Wednesday, 21 October 2020 - Brussels Provisional edition

Conclusions of the European Council meeting of 15 and 16 October 2020, in particular the negotiations of the future relations with the UK (debate)

  Carles Puigdemont i Casamajó (NI). – Mr President, another European Council goes on without concrete advances on Brexit. In addition, even when the deadline is ever closer, I hope for a good deal that ensures that citizens and enterprises can continue to live and operate normally both in the UK and in the EU.

We are in the middle of one of the worst economic crises of our history. We are obliged not to worsen it with political games. On the other hand, Brexit is a reminder that borders change, as we all know. Today, support for Scottish independence is sky high in the latest polls with about 58% of the vote. The future of Scotland is in Scottish hands and we all hope that Westminster will again give an example to the world of how to tackle this kind of situation. London needs to show again how a mature democracy behaves. The UK needs to remind the EU that a referendum is something to agree on, not an excuse to put political rivals in prison as Spain has done. Very soon, Scotland will vote again to decide its future and the House of European democracy must be wide open for their immediate return.

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