Spain: Mas eyes Scottish poll as springboard for Catalonia

But CiU leader admits independence expensive to Financial Times

10 September, 13:29

    (ANSAmed) - MADRID, SEPTEMBER 10 - A Yes vote in the Scottish independence poll would be a major boost for Catalania's own independence campaign by paving the way towards international recognition and ensuring its permanence within the European Union, Catalan President Artur Mas told Britain's Financial Times in an interview published on Wednesday.

    Scotland votes on September 18 in a binding referendum.

    ''The first (factor) will be the reaction of European leaders'', Mas told the Financial Times. ''I am sure they will accept the result of the Scottish referendum. The second is that negotiations will start very quickly between Edinburgh, London and Brussels to keep Scotland within the EU. Both things are very important for Catalonia''.

    The leader of Convergecia i Union (CiU) admitted in the interview the economic cost of a Spanish break-up : ''Any independence process has its cost''. But he also said he is persuaded investors would quickly adjust to the creation of an independent State. (ANSAmed)
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