CATALONIA CRISIS: Spanish MEP Blasts Farage For Supporting ‘Fake’ Referendum
Esteban González Pons, A Spanish MEP from the Spain’s People’s Party (Partido Popular), has hit out at Nigel Farage and his support for what Mr Pons called Catalonia’s ‘Fake Referendum’. Mr Pons was speaking during a debate which Mr Farage chose to press the EU and Spain regarding the recent violence in Catalonia.
Mr Farage made a speech, in which he said the EU’s response to the tensions was “telling”. Speaking in the session, Mr Farage thundered in his own inimitable style:
“The EU Commission simply repeated the Spanish line that the referendum was illegal. It didn’t even condemn the shocking violence which was beamed around the world on TV news programmes.”
However, Mr Pons hit-back;
“My country can’t accept lessons on democracy from someone who I don’t consider to be a Democrat. I have proof that he isn’t a democrat is that he won’t even stay to listen to my response.
“Thanks to Mr. Farage I feel happy about Brexit. Because thanks to Brexit, the far-right will leave this chamber. The only good thing about Brexit is that we’ll never have to listen to Mr. Farage again.”
He then moved onto express that he and his Party were “worried” regarding the possible outcome of Brexit negotiations due to the special nature and complexity of the issues surrounding the position of Northern Ireland and its ‘unique problems’.
“Like Mr. Verhofstadt [the European Parliament’s chief Brexit negotiator] about Northern Ireland, I am very worried about Northern Ireland because it’s a unique problem that requires a unique solution. And [it] will demand the best of us.”
It is heartening that Eurocrats are so visibly rattled by events in Catalonia and so they should be. The people of Europe are on the move and will not take ‘NO’ for an answer. An end to their snouts being wedged firmly in the trough beckons…..