Hope for Scotland's favourite Catalan?

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Ludo Thierry:

On the 31st Jan Scotland loses the services of 3 excellent YES/REMAIN supporting MEPs (there are also 3 ukanian types who shuffle off) due to Brexit. Interestingly, Scotland may yet acquire a NEW MEP based here. I discovered today that the wonderful Prof. Clara Ponsati (St. Andrews Uni) is due to be appointed as an ‘extra’ MEP for Catalonia due to the redistribution of MEP numbers to the remaining EU states following the exit of ukanian MEPs. (Spain is due a further 5 MEPs – one of whom should be going to the Catalonia list (where Prof. Ponsati is next in line) – but we all know what tricks might be applied to stop this).

The assumption of a seat in the European Parliament could be highly relevant given Prof. Ponsati’s current legal process against ‘Treason’ charges (ain’t the world wacky?!) for her role in organising the democratic Catalonian Referendum. It might also be hugely useful to have a Scotland based MEP who can help keep Scotland’s hope and intention to remain attached to our common European home at the forefront of Europe’s thinking. Link and snippet below:


When Britain leaves the European Union on January 31, new members of the European Parliament (MEPs) will be installed on February 1 from the remaining member states to fill empty seats.

Following the May 2019 European Parliament elections, Ponsati is due to take one of the five seats redistributed to Spain, as an incoming MEP for the Together for Catalonia party.

“If Clara becomes a member of the European Parliament, then she is entitled to the immunity that is attached, the legal immunity which means that she has a right to take the seat,” said Anwar (her solicitor).

Published by johnrobertson834

Retired Professor of Media Politics Not-for-profit independent political analysis

One thought on “Hope for Scotland's favourite Catalan?

  1. There was an interview on Good Morning Scotland with her lawyer, Aamer Anwar. In the course of the interview he made the point about how people here would react if UK police attacked people in Scotland seeking to vote in a referendum as the Spanish police had done in Catalunya. Immediately – i.e with barely a pause – Gillian Marles tried to interrupt but he spoke over her and his point came across clearly. She made a second attempt towards the end of his statement, but he had almost completed it and the point had been made. Her next question had no connection whatsoever to what he had just said.


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