The All Party Parliamentary Group On Catalonia

 

The purpose of the All-Party Parlamentary Group on Catalonia is to develop links between parlamentarians in this country and in Catalonia. To keep members of Parliament abreast of the on-going debates and events about Catalonia self-determination and to help ensure that debate is carried out in the most democratic way.

 

Ronnie Cowan MP, Liz Saville Roberts MP, Joanna Cherry MP, Douglas Chapman MP and Angus Brendan McNeill MP: As a member of the U.K. Parliament, I call for theimmediate release of the Speaker of the Catalan Parliament, Carme Forcadell #FreeForcadell .

 

Early Day Motion 1907

 

Catalan Prisoners’ Hunger Strike

 

Tabled by Hywel Williams MP, 6/12/18

 

Signatories: Hywel Williams, Alison Thewliss, Chris Stephens, Deidre Brock, david Linden, Chris Law, Jonathan Edwards, Sir Peter Bottomley, Ronnie Campbell, Alan Brown

 

That this House expresses its deep concern over the decision of two jailed Catalan political prisoners, Jordi Sanchez and Jordi Turull, to commence an indefinite hunger strike in protest against the refusal of the Spanish Constitutional Court to respond to eight appeals filed by the defendants regarding the charges against them of rebellion and sedition, for which they are being held in preventative detention awaiting trial; notes that this refusal prevents the defendants taking their case to the European courts; accordingly expresses its support for Jordi Sanchez and Jordi Turull; regrets the way that their case is being handled; and calls on the Government to make representations to the Spanish Constitutional Court to respond immediately to their appeals.

 

https://edm.parliament.uk/early-day-motion/52380/catalan-prisoners-hunger-strike

Carme Forcadell visits Westminster July 2017

 

Chris Bambery reports on his prison visit to Carme Forcadell,

The National, 6 December 2018

 

“As President of the Parliament I had to fulfil my duty.

“I have committed no crime; the Spanish Constitutional Court cannot decide what the Catalan Parliament can debate and discuss.

“I had to uphold the sovereignty of the Catalan Parliament, elected by the Catalan people.”

 

Read the full article HERE

https://www.thenational.scot/news/17282051.catalan-political-prisoner-carme-forcadell-channels-gloria-gaynor/

 

Josep Rull and Joaquim Forn Join the Hunger Strike

Read about this HERE

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-spain-politics-catalonia/two-more-jailed-catalan-separatist-leaders-join-hunger-strike-idUSKBN1O22BB

Spain prevents us from going to European justice, say jailed leaders on hunger strike

Catalan News, 1 December 2018

 

The Spanish judiciary prevents the Catalan pro-independence jailed leaders from taking their case to the European Court of Human Rights.

This is what one of the lawyers in charge of their case said in a press conference on Saturday morning while reading a statement by incarcerated Jordi Sànchez and Jordi Turull to justify their hunger strike started also on Saturday.

The officials said the strike is "against no one," and its main aim is to "raise awareness" of their situations.

Yet they also emphasize that the Spanish Constitutional court is blocking "in an unjustified way" the eight appeals filed by the prosecuted officials which are still waiting for a final decision by the judges.

Why they claim Spain 'blocks' case reaching European courts

Sànchez and Turull claim that the Spanish Constitutional Court "prevents" them from taking their cases to the international justice.

 

 

Read the full article HERE

http://www.catalannews.com/politics/item/spain-prevents-us-from-going-to-european-justice-say-jailed-leaders-on-hunger-strike

 

 

Sign this petition to support the Hunger Strikers

https://vagadefam.cat/#/denuncia

 

Human rights group Amnesty will monitor Catalan prisoners' trials

Greg Russell, The National, 1 DEcember 2018

 

HUMAN rights group Amnesty International is to monitor the forthcoming trials of Catalonia’s political prisoners to ensure that they are fair.

The pledge came in a letter to the two Jordis – Cuixart, president of the grassroots Omnium Cultural and Sànchez, former president of the Catalan National Assembly (ANC) – from Amnesty’s director in Europe, Fotis Filippou.

 

Read the report HERE

https://www.thenational.scot/news/17268645.human-rights-group-amnesty-will-monitor-catalan-prisoners-trials/

 

A year after their detention in Spain, the Jordis should be released

A year after Jordi Sànchez and Jordi Cuixart were remanded in custody, Fotis Filippou, Amnesty International Deputy Director for Europe said:

"There is no justification for keeping Jordi Sànchez and Jordi Cuixart in pre-trial detention and we reiterate our call for their immediate release. Amnesty International believes their continued detention constitutes a disproportionate restriction on their rights to free speech and peaceful assembly."

 

Read Amnesty's Statement HERE

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/10/spain-a-year-after-their-detention-the-jordis-should-be-released/

Send a Christmas Greeting campaign for the Catalan political prisoners

 

Ronnie Cowan, Member of Parliament for Inverclyde has launched a very special Christmas campaign to send seasons greetings to the 9 Catalan politicians and activists who were imprisoned for their political beliefs.

Purchase a set of nine individually addressed specially designed Christmas Envelopes for £6 and send your own Greetings Card, Letter, Drawing, Photograph or message of support to the Catalan prisoners.

 

Choose design with Scottish, Welsh or English flag.

 

Double Click HERE to order

http://marksaunders5.wixsite.com/greetingscatalonia/join-campaign?fbclid=IwAR3GALN6s_nXhLPoSjCo-AtUR4-VbbKgQcqphcHyYcSHwgikT3VVsGBBvvw

Motion Passed at the Annual General Meeting of the APPG on Catalonia

 

The following motion was passed at the APPG's AGM on 5 November:

 

Motion Regarding Visit by Hywel Williams MP, Chair of the APPG on Catalonia, to Jordi Cuixart and Carme Forcadell.

 

“The APPG on Catalonia wishes to record that it is opposed to dealing with political issues through criminal charges and to express our deep concern that the Spanish State Attorney and Public Prosecutor are proceeding with charges of rebellion and demanding prison sentences of up to 25 years for Catalan leaders.

We note that Amnesty International have called for the release of Jordi Cuixart and Jordi Sanchez who have now been held in preventative custody for over a year.

The APPG appeals for political dialogue to resolve these issues rather than via the courts.

We request that our chair conveys this message on behalf of the APPG when he visits Catalonia later this month”

 

 

Early day motion 1748

 

IMPRISONMENT OF THE FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE PARLIAMENT OF CATALONIA

That this House expresses concern at the ongoing imprisonment of the former President of the Parliament of Catalonia, Carme Forcadell, who has been imprisoned since March 2018; notes that the crime of rebellion of which she has been accused refers to the use of violence, of which there has been no evidence; further notes that this inconsistency was highlighted by the German judiciary when it was tasked with assessing, and ultimately denying, the Spanish Government's request to have the former Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont, extradited and brought before a Spanish court; regrets attempts by the Spanish Government to interfere in the proceedings of the Catalan Parliament; supports the right of peoples to hold free and open discussions of ideas without state intrusion; calls on the resolution of these institutional and political conflicts through non-criminal channels; and further calls for the immediate release of former President of the Parliament of Catalonia, Carme Forcadell. 

Chapman, Douglas Scottish National Party Dunfermline and West Fife 26.10.2018
Cherry, Joanna Scottish National Party Edinburgh South West 29.10.2018
Cowan, Ronnie Scottish National Party Inverclyde 25.10.2018
Edwards, Jonathan Plaid Cymru Carmarthen East and Dinefwr 24.10.2018
Glindon, Mary Labour Party North Tyneside 25.10.2018
Lake, Ben Plaid Cymru Ceredigion 24.10.2018
O'Hara, Brendan Scottish National Party Argyll and Bute 30.10.2018
Rimmer, Marie Labour Party St Helens South and Whiston 29.10.2018
Saville Roberts, Liz Plaid Cymru Dwyfor Meirionnydd 24.10.2018
Stephens, Christopher Scottish National Party Glasgow South West 29.10.2018
Thewliss, Alison Scottish National Party Glasgow Central 31.10.2018
Williams, Hywel Plaid Cymru Arfon 24.10.2018

 

Early day motion 1611

WELSH ARTISTS PERFORM AT CATALAN FESTIVAL

That this House congratulates the two Welsh acts, multi-instrumentalist Jack Found from Llangollen and Cardiff-based Gareth Bonnello, known as the Gentle Good, who have been selected to perform at the prestigious Mercat de Musica Viva de Vic (MMVV), a four day music industry showcase festival based in the city of Vic, Catalonia which celebrates international acts to the global industry audience; and welcomes the partnership between FOCUS Wales, MMVV Festival and Catalan Arts.

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Edwards, Jonathan Plaid Cymru Carmarthen East and Dinefwr 11.09.2018
Lake, Ben Plaid Cymru Ceredigion 11.09.2018
Law, Chris Scottish National Party Dundee West 12.09.2018
Saville Roberts, Liz Plaid Cymru Dwyfor Meirionnydd 11.09.2018
Shannon, Jim Democratic Unionist Party Strangford 12.09.2018
Williams, Hywel Plaid Cymru Arfon 11.09.2018

Welsh and Catalan Choirs Perform at Parliament

 

On the eve of Catalan National Day the London Catalan Choir and Côr Llundain (London Choir) performed in Catalan and Cymraeg (Welsh) in the Atrium of Portcullis House on Monday 10 September at 7.30pm. The event was a great success and the APPG on Catalonia and the two choirs plan on making it an annual event.

 

Ben Lake MP, Jonathan Edwards MP, Joanna Cherry MP, Liz Saville Roberts MP,  Anna Forn, Txel Bonet, Carles Suarez, ANC England, and Brendan O'Hara MP

Anna Forn (seated second from right) and Txel Bonet address the APPG on Catalonia

 

Relatives of Catalan Political Prisoners Visit Westminster

 

On Tuesday 10 July at 6pm Txell Bonet, the partner of Jordi Cuixart, the President of Omnium Cultural, Catalonia's largest cultural association, who has been held in a Spanish jail since 16 October 2017, and Anna Forn, daughter of Joaquim Forn, Catalan Minister of the Interior, in jail since 2 November 2017, visited Westminster to brief Parliamentarians on the situation regarding the Catalan political prisoners.

 

Along with 17 others they await trial on charges of rebellion and sedition, which carry sentences of 30 years.

 

Some 40 people crammed into the room to hear their report on the situation their relatives find themselves in. 

 

Both Texell and Anna belong to the Human Association for Civil Rights made up of the family members of those held in Spanish jails or in exile.

 

The briefing will be in Room Q, 1st floor Portcullis House, on Tuesday 10 July, 6-7 pm.

Early day motion 1461

BATTLE OF EBRO COMMEMORATION 7 JULY

That this House recalls the bravery of the members of the army of the Spanish Republic and of the International Brigades which in July 1938 launched the last Republican offensive, the Battle of the Ebro; congratulates the International Brigades Memorial Trust which will mark the bravery of those anti­-fascists with a rally at the memorial to the International Brigades on London's South Bank on 7 July 2018; and commends the Catalan Government on its efforts to excavate battlefield sites, such as the cave used during the battle by the Republican forces as a hospital.

 
Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Chapman, Douglas Scottish National Party Dunfermline and West Fife 02.06.2018
Cryer, John Labour Party Leyton and Wanstead 28.06.2018
Edwards, Jonathan Plaid Cymru Carmarthen East and Dinefwr 27.06.2018
Gaffney, Hugh Labour Party Coatbridge Chryston and Bellshill 02.07.2018
Hopkins, Kelvin Labour Party Luton North 04.07.2018
Lake, Ben Plaid Cymru Ceredigion 27.06.2018
Marsden, Gordon Labour Party Blackpool South 04.07.2018
Saville Roberts, Liz Plaid Cymru Dwyfor Meirionnydd 27.06.2018
Stephens, Christopher Scottish National Party Glasgow South West 28.06.2018
Williams, Hywel Plaid Cymru Arfon 27.06.2018
 
       

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Early Day Motion: CATALONIA AND SPAIN

That this House welcomes the formation of new governments in both Catalonia and Spain and hopes that members of both parliaments can begin the necessary process of respectful, positive dialogue; and requests that Catalan political prisoners be released from jail and those in exile, not least Clara Ponsati in Scotland, be allowed to return home without the threat of imprisonment.

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Bardell, Hannah Scottish National Party Livingston 13.06.2018
Brown, Alan Scottish National Party Kilmarnock and Loudoun 12.06.2018
Chapman, Douglas Scottish National Party Dunfermline and West Fife 07.06.2018
Cherry, Joanna Scottish National Party Edinburgh South West 07.06.2018
Cowan, Ronnie Scottish National Party Inverclyde 07.06.2018
Day, Martyn Scottish National Party Linlithgow and East Falkirk 08.06.2018
Edwards, Jonathan Plaid Cymru Carmarthen East and Dinefwr 11.06.2018
Gray, Neil Scottish National Party Airdrie and Shotts 11.06.2018
Hendry, Drew Scottish National Party Inverness Nairn Badenoch and Strathspey 12.06.2018
Lake, Ben Plaid Cymru Ceredigion 12.06.2018
Law, Chris Scottish National Party Dundee West 11.06.2018
Linden, David Scottish National Party Glasgow East 12.06.2018
Lucas, Caroline Green Party Brighton Pavilion 11.06.2018
Lucas, Ian Labour Party Wrexham 11.06.2018
Rimmer, Marie Labour Party St Helens South and Whiston 13.06.2018
Rosindell, Andrew Conservative Party Romford 07.06.2018
Sheppard, Tommy Scottish National Party Edinburgh East 11.06.2018
Stephens, Christopher Scottish National Party Glasgow South West 12.06.2018
Walker, Thelma Labour Party Colne Valley 14.06.2018
Williams, Hywel Plaid Cymru Arfon 07.06.2018
     

APPG on Catalonia Members with Elisenda Paluzie. Left to Right: Duglas Chapman MP, Joanna Cherry MP, Ronnie Cowan MP, Elisenda Paluzie, Hywel Williams MP,  Andrew Rosindell MP and Carles Suarez, ANC England

Elisenda briefs MPs and Peers

Elisenda highlights the plight of those in prison or exile

Elisenda meets with Khalid Mahmood, Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs) (Europe)

Elisenda and Hywel Williams MP, Chair of the APPG on Catalonia

Elisenda Paluzie, President of the Catalan National Assembly (Assemblia Nacional Catalana) visited Westminster on Thursday 8 June. MPs and Peers from the APPG on Catalonia met with her before she gave a briefing on the situation in Catalonia to Paliamentarians. Alltogether she met with 15 MPs and two Peers from the Conservative, Labour, Plaid Cymru, Scottish National Party and Sinn Fein.

 

Letter from Carme Forcadell and Dolors Bassa

Madrid. Sunday, 6 May 2018

It is over a month since we returned to the prison of Alcalá-Meco. The fact that they have us here, deprived of freedom between grey walls, under obsolete and absurd rules, has one effect that is worse than others: the constant sensation and feeling of being far away from everything that we love most: our family, our friends, “our own landscape”, the habits and cultures of our country... We miss everything! But, recently with the day of Sant Jordi, a celebration that fills people with joy, a shared day which has deep roots in our country, you made it come alive for us through your words and paper roses, which you sent us in letters.

The letters that we receive daily are our connection with reality. They are what gives us a breath of fresh air. We want to tell you that we read them all (every day we each receive around a hundred) and, even though we would like to be able to answer you, it is impossible for us. For that reason we take the opportunity here to thank you for the support and the warmth which you ensure reaches us, which gives us courage and helps us to stay strong.

In the absence of freedom we try to live with the maximum dignity possible.

Our daily routine is monotonous, the hours go by very slowly. In fact, there is no difference between one day and the next, and for that reason the news that we receive by mail is important. We thank the media that thinks of us: El Punt AvuiAraEl NacionalVilaWeb, El Temps, local magazines and articles that you send us in your letters. In fact, we are only permitted three activities: reading (books that our families give us in the monthly package or classics from a small prison library) and writing, taking physical exercise (one hour three days per week, organized by a prisoner) and walking in the prison yard.

We maintain our hope as well as our confidence in you. We know that you will find a solution for this unjust situation.

Often, our suffering goes beyond the personal. We believe that the lives of our families have been deeply affected ― both of us have elderly mothers ― as well as the lives of our colleagues; but also the lives of a great many people in our country.

In this last week we have made statements to the judge and were clear in our convictions: the defence of the popular mandate from the Catalan elections of 2015, of the sovereignty of the Catalan Parliament, of ideological and political freedoms, and the freedom of expression. We believe that our right to a defence is harmed by the inability of our lawyers to take part in parallel legal processes that contribute to the general case, and that it is abusive that we have been placed in preventive detention, without any change in either the alleged offence we are accused of, or the conditions, for which the same judge decreed bail for us, just a few months earlier.

We are convinced that all of this is about democracy. For that reason we are grateful for the many shows of support which we know are taking place all around, from associations, entities, political groups and individuals. We ask you that you do not forget the political prisoners, that you do not forget those of us who are in prison and in exile, that you work to put an end to the implementation of article 155, to improve social cohesion and the lives of the people who live in Catalonia. Our dignity is the dignity of you all!

Thank you for always being there!

Carme Forcadell and Dolors Bassa

Carme Forcadell, speaker of the Catalan Parliament from 2015 until after the 2017 election, and Dolors Bassa, Catalan labour minister, are being held in the Spanish prison of Alcalá-Meco on remand, facing charges relating to the Catalan campaign for independence and the referendum held on October 1st, 2017.

Translation: El Nacional

Topical Questions to the Foreign & Commonwealth Ministers

27 March 2018

Hansard, Volume 638

 

Gavin Newlands (Paisley and Renfrewshire North) (SNP)

 

Our silence over—indeed, our tacit support for—the wholly unacceptable and Franco-esque crackdown on democracy and human rights in Catalonia by the Spanish state is shameful and indeed makes us complicit. Will the Minister please rethink, speak to his Spanish counterparts and urge them to draw back from their counterproductive actions?

 

Sir Alan Duncan

I do not agree with the hon. Gentleman’s interpretation of what is happening in Catalonia. We fully support the Spanish Government in upholding the proper workings of the Spanish constitution.

 

https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2018-03-27/debates/E31F019B-CAEE-4C6F-8832-154DBBA7E790/TopicalQuestions

 Tuesday 27 March: MPs show solidarity with Catalan democracy and with the prisoners. Left to right: Hywel Williams (Plaid Cymry), Sir David Amess (Conservative), Gavin Newlands (Scottish National Party), Jonathan Edwards (PC), Liz Saville Roberts (PC) and Ben Lake (PC)

Professor Dominic Keown Addresses APPG Meeting 21 March

Early Day Motions on Pep Guardiola and Political Prisoners

 

POLITICAL PRISONERS IN SPAIN AND GUARDIOLA

  • Session: 2017-19
  • Date tabled: 26.02.2018
  • Primary sponsor: MacNeil, Angus

That this House congratulates Manchester City FC manager Pep Guardiola, not only on winning the League Cup in England, but in wearing the Yellow Ribbon in support of the political prisoners that are within the European Union, held in the jails of Spain; underlining that political prisoners in the EU is unacceptable, clearly this issue is more than just politics but a matter of justice and fairness and free speech; and believes that many others in many disciplines could do with heeding Pep Guardiola's example.

Bardell, Hannah Scottish National Party Livingston 05.03.2018
Brown, Alan Scottish National Party Kilmarnock and Loudoun 28.02.2018
Chapman, Douglas Scottish National Party Dunfermline and West Fife 27.02.2018
Cherry, Joanna Scottish National Party Edinburgh South West 05.03.2018
Day, Martyn Scottish National Party Linlithgow and East Falkirk 26.02.2018
Edwards, Jonathan Plaid Cymru Carmarthen East and Dinefwr 27.02.2018
Hendry, Drew Scottish National Party Inverness Nairn Badenoch and Strathspey 27.02.2018
Lake, Ben Plaid Cymru Ceredigion 08.03.2018
Law, Chris Scottish National Party Dundee West 27.02.2018
Linden, David Scottish National Party Glasgow East 27.02.2018
MacNeil, Angus Scottish National Party Na h-Eileanan an Iar 26.02.2018
McDonald, Stuart Scottish National Party Cumbernauld Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East 26.02.2018
Monaghan, Carol Scottish National Party Glasgow North West 28.02.2018
Newlands, Gavin Scottish National Party Paisley and Renfrewshire North 08.03.2018
Saville Roberts, Liz Plaid Cymru Dwyfor Meirionnydd 27.02.2018
Sheppard, Tommy Scottish National Party Edinburgh East 26.02.2018
Stephens, Christopher Scottish National Party Glasgow South West 27.02.2018
Wishart, Pete Scottish National Party Perth and North Perthshire 07.03.2018

PEP GUARDIOLA

That this House applauds Pep Guardiola for his brave stance in support of the unjustly imprisoned Catalan independence leaders; regrets the undemocratic actions taken by the Spanish Government to have imprisoned their political rivals; condemns the decision by the Football Association to charge Pep Guardiola for wearing a yellow ribbon in support of the Catalan leaders; and calls on the Government to make representations to the Spanish Government to respect the will of the people of Catalonia and find a peaceful and democratic solution.

Cunningham, Jim Labour Party Coventry South 06.03.2018
Day, Martyn Scottish National Party Linlithgow and East Falkirk 27.02.2018
Edwards, Jonathan Plaid Cymru Carmarthen East and Dinefwr 26.02.2018
Glindon, Mary Labour Party North Tyneside 07.03.2018
Lake, Ben Plaid Cymru Ceredigion 26.02.2018
Linden, David Scottish National Party Glasgow East 07.03.2018
MacNeil, Angus Scottish National Party Na h-Eileanan an Iar 05.03.2018
Newlands, Gavin Scottish National Party Paisley and Renfrewshire North 08.03.2018
Saville Roberts, Liz Plaid Cymru Dwyfor Meirionnydd 26.02.2018
Stephens, Christopher Scottish National Party Glasgow South West 27.02.2018
Williams, Hywel Plaid Cymru Arfon 26.02.2018
 

      

SPANISH THREAT OF DIRECT RULE ON LANGUAGE IN CATALONIA

 

Early Day Motion 969 Submitted 22 February 2018

 

That this House condemns the Spanish Government's plans to impose direct rule over language provision in Catalonian schools; recognises that Catalonia is an autonomous self-governing community and reserves the right to ensure Catalan is the working language used in its schools; rejects the Spanish Government's plans which would divide Catalonian students on a language basis; and urges the Government to make representations to the Spanish Government to respect the will of the people of Catalonia and find a peaceful and democratic solution to the ongoing instability.

 

https://www.parliament.uk/edm/2017-19/969

 

Democracy Volunteers Report Back on Catalan Elections: Monday 26 February, 6pm, Room M, Portcullis House

On Monday 26 February at 6pm Dr John Ault, the Director of Democracy Volunteers, will be reporting back on the December Catalan elections in Room M, First Floor Portcullis House.

 

Democracy Volunteers, deployed a team of 12 observers to the Catalan elections on 21st December and issued their interim report online at https://democracyvolunteersdotorg.files.wordpress.com/2017/12/catalonian-regional-election-2017-interim-report1.pdf

 

Four teams of 2, 3 or 4, toured Catalonia on 21 December 2017 to assess the quality of the election. The team was made of researchers from the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, France, Italy and Norway.

 

They made 81 separate visits across the region, primarily focused in metropolitan Barcelona as well as the cities of Tarragona and Girona. This team of researchers was assisted by a local team of 6 researchers, translators and drivers.

 

This was despite the Spanish Government, which controlled the elections having imposed direct rule on Catalonia,  not accrediting any domestic or international observers for the election. Consequently the observers could not enter polling stations but made their observations externally and reported back by means of an online survey which the central team managed regularly.

 

As well as this work the team also conducted interviews with the leading political parties contesting the election, officials of Catalan institutions as well as attending party events across Catalonia.

 

Democracy Volunteers were particularly concerned about the domestic media coverage of the election which we monitored as part of the report.  All researchers were self-funded and no financial support was granted to the group from within Catalonia, Spain or without.

 

Dr John Ault  is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Exeter and has previously lectured at Canterbury Christ Church University. He also  teaches at the University of Manchester. He specialises in elections and campaigns. He has worked in elections throughout the UK and the United States. He has observed on behalf of the OSCE/ODIHR in parliamentary elections as far afield as Kazakhstan and is a former chair of the Electoral Reform Society.

 

Members of the public can attend. Please report to security at the maun entrance to Portcullis House and you will be direcxted to Room M (please give yourself time to go through airport style security).

 

THE MINOTAUR  OF ‘78
REPORT ON INSTITUTIONAL VIOLENCE BY THE  SPANISH STATE AGAINST CATALONIA’S PROCESS  OF SELF-DETERMINATION, 2015-2017

Initiative of the mayor offices of Sabadell, Cerdanyola del Vallès, Argentona, Sant Martí Sarroca and Soriguera

 

"The Minotaur of '78" is a report on the institutional violence of the Spanish state against the self-determiantion process of Catalonia, during the period 2015-2017. It was launched last december 2017 in Barcelona. 

The report is an initiative of the local governments of Sabadell, Cerdanyola del Vallès, Argentona, Sant Martí Sarroca and Soriguera. It has also been presented at Geneva, at the Headquarters of the Human Rights Council, and at the World Organisation Against Torture. 

This document intends to be a summary on the repression at different levels against the self-determination process of Catalonia. From the open cases against freedom of expression, police violence under a framework of protest , the lack of judicial independence and of the General Prosecutor. 

You can download the report here.

http://cup.cat/sites/default/files/el_minotaure_del_78_revisat_angl.pdf

 

DECLARATION: European Call for Democracy in Catalonia 20th of December 2017

 

We, members of Parliaments in European countries, express our deepest concern regarding the current situation in Catalonia. In light of the dismissal of the democratically elected Catalan government and the later imprisonment of ministers and leaders of civil society organizations, we call on the Spanish government to cease in this excessive use of force.

 

Furthermore, we call on the Spanish government and on the international society to ensure the upcoming election for the regional Parliament in Catalonia be held in a democratic manner free from undue interference from the Spanish government.

 

We express our wish that the imprisoned minister and leaders of civil society organizations be released and we urge the Spanish government to avoid further use of force and engage in political dialogue with the regional government elected by the Catalans.

 

Signed by members of Parliaments in European countries:

 

  • Aaja Chemnitz, Greenland
  • Aengus Ó Snodaigh, Ireland
  • Alex Maskey, Northern Ireland
  • Andres Ammas, Estonia
  • Angus McNeil, Scotland
  • Artur Talvik, Estonia
  • Barry McElduff, Ireland
  • Bodil Valero, Sweden
  • Brian Stanley, Ireland
  • Caoimghín Ó Caoláin, Ireland
  • Caoimhe Archibald, Northern Ireland
  • Caral Ni Chuilin, Northern Ireland
  • Carol Monaghan, United Kingdom
  • Carol Nolan, Ireland
  • Cathal Boylan, Northern Ireland
  • Catherine Kelly, Northern Ireland
  • Chris Hazzard, Ireland
  • Christian Juhl, Denmark
  • Colm Gildernew, Northern Ireland
  • Conor Murphy, Northern Ireland
  • David Cullinane, Ireland
  • Declan Kearney, Northern Ireland
  • Declan McAleer, Northern Ireland
  • Denise Mitchell, Ireland
  • Dessie Ellis, Ireland
  • Dimitrij Rupel, Slovenia
  • Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire, Ireland
  • Elisha McCallion, Ireland
  • Emma Rogan, Northern Ireland
  • Eoin Ó Broin, Ireland
  • Eva Flyvholm, Denmark
  • Finn Sørensen, Denmark
  • Fintan Warfield, Ireland
  • Fra McCann, Northern Ireland
  • Francie Molloy, Ireland
  • Gerry Adams, Ireland
  • Gerry Kelly, Northern Ireland
  • Helga Stevens, Belgium
  • Henning Hyllested, Denmark
  • Hywel Williams, United Kingdom
  • Ian Milne, Northern Ireland
  • Imelda Munster, Ireland
  • Jakob Sølvhøj, Denmark
  • Jemma Dolan, Northern Ireland
  • Jesper Kiel, Denmark
  • Joanna Cherry, Scotland
  • Johanne Schmidt-Nielsen, Denmark
  • John Brady, Ireland
  • John O Dowd, Northern Ireland
  • Jonathan O Brien, Ireland
  • Karen Mullan, Northern Ireland
  • Kathleen Funchion, Ireland
  • Krista Aru, Estonia Lars
  • Aslan Rasmussen, Denmark
  • Linda Dillon, Northern Ireland
  • Linda Fabiani, Scotland
  • Liz Saville-Roberts, United Kingdom
  • Lord Berkeley, United Kingdom
  • Louise O Reilly, Ireland
  • Magni Arge, Faroe Islands
  • Máire Devine, Ireland
  • Máirtín Ó Muilleoir, Northern Ireland
  • Maria Reumert Gjerding, Denmark
  • Mark Demesmaeker, Belgium
  • Martin Ferris, Ireland
  • Martin Kenny, Ireland
  • Mary Lou McDonald, Ireland
  • Maurice Quinlivan, Ireland
  • Megan Fearon, Northern Ireland
  • Michaela Boyle, Northern Ireland
  • Michelle Gildernew, Ireland
  • Michelle O Neill, Northern Ireland
  • Mickey Brady, Ireland
  • Mikko Kärnä, Finland
  • Niall Ó Donnghaile, Ireland
  • Nikolaj Willumsen, Denmark
  • Olli Immonen, Finland
  • Orlaithi Flynn, Northern Ireland
  • Pádraig MacLoughlain, Ireland
  • Pat Buckley, Ireland
  • Pat Sheehan, Northern Ireland
  • Paul Gavan, Ireland
  • Paul Maskey, Ireland
  • Peadar Tóibín, Ireland
  • Pearse Doherty, Ireland
  • Pelle Dragsted, Denmark
  • Pernille Skipper, Denmark
  • Peter luykx, Belgium
  • Philip McGuigan, Northern Ireland
  • Rasmus Nordqvist, Denmark
  • Raymond McCartney, Northern Ireland
  • Ronnie Cowan, United Kingdom
  • Rose Conway Walsh, Ireland
  • Rune Lund, Denmark
  • Seán Crowe, Ireland
  • Sean Lynch, Northern Ireland
  • Sinead Ennis, Northern Ireland
  • Stine Brix, Denmark
  • Søren Egge Rasmussen, Denmark
  • Søren Søndergaard, Denmark
  • Trevor Ó Clochartaigh, Ireland
  • Veiko Spolitis, Latvia

 

 

APPG on Catalonia meeting, Westminster 5 December. Left to right:  Robert Fabregat i Fuentes, President of Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya  Barcelona, Lord Alderdice, Adriana Delgado, ERC MP in Catalan Parliament, Alba Vergés, ERC MP in Catalan Parliament,  Roger Torrent, ERC MP in Catalan Parliament, Professor Bill Bowring of Birkbeck College and Douglas Chapman MP.Adriano, Alba and Robert are candidates in Barcelona in this month's elections and Roger is standing in Girona.   

 

On  Wednesday 15 November the APPG hosted a meeting with Eulàlia Reguant, a Barcelona City Councillor and former Catalan MP and Aina Tella i Arbós, international officer of CUP Catalunya (Popular Convergence of Catalonia).

Left to right: Ben Lake MP, Liz Saville-Roberts MP, Douglas Chapman MP, Andrew Rosindell MP, Eulàlia Reguant, Hywel Williams MP,  Aina Tella i Arbós, Joanna Cherry MP Gavin Newlands MP, Jaume Centellas Soler (constituent of Stephen Pound MP) and Ronnie Cowan MP. 

 

House of Commons Debates Catalonia

 

House of Commons Hansard

Contents   Commons Chamber  

Catalonia

02 November 2017 Volume 630

 

 10.37 am

 

Hywel Williams (Arfon) (PC)

 

 (Urgent Question): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the political situation in Catalonia.

 

The Minister for Europe and the Americas (Sir Alan Duncan)

 

  Share this contribution

The events of the past few weeks in Catalonia are a matter of public record. The Catalonian authorities held a referendum on independence on 1 October that was found by the Spanish courts to be illegal under the Spanish constitution. Holding it was, therefore, illegal and an attempt to undermine the rule of law. The Catalan Parliament then unilaterally declared independence on 27 October. Her Majesty’s Government do not and will not recognise this declaration of independence. It is based on a vote that was declared illegal by the Spanish courts and we continue to want to see the rule of law upheld, the Spanish constitution respected and Spanish unity preserved.

 

The situation in Catalonia is an internal matter for Spain and its people. The Spanish Government have set a date—21 December—for regional elections. This provides a path to return to the rule of law, which is an important principle that the UK strongly supports, and it is for all the people of Catalonia to have their say through democratic processes that are consistent with the Spanish constitution. I remind the House that Spain is a close ally and a good friend whose strength and unity matter to us. We consider it essential that the rule of law be upheld and the Spanish constitution respected.

 

Hywel Williams

 

I am asking the Government to act in two ways: to call on the parties in Catalonia to enter into talks and to offer their good offices to facilitate progress. No one can doubt that this is eventually a political matter, rather than a legal one. Getting both parties to talk is the way forward. In this situation, the UK Government have a responsibility and an opportunity.

 

First, they must do all they can to ensure the safety and security of UK citizens living in Catalonia. Secondly, this is happening in our neighbourhood as we are a leading European power, and a member of the Council of Europe, the EU, NATO and the United Nations Security Council. Thirdly, uniquely, the UK Government have recent experience of an independence referendum carried out in Scotland, largely by agreement. We have some advice to offer. And, of course, the hard-won peace agreement in Northern Ireland rests partly on the opportunity there was for all to have their say in a referendum.

 

In my debate on Catalonia on 10 October, the Minister replying said that no request for advice had been made by the Spanish Government, and none had been offered by the UK Government. I now ask that that offer be made.

 

Read the full debate HERE

https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2017-11-02/debates/27B398FF-339A-4B41-9900-71E316FAB9CF/Catalonia

Early day motion 479

CATALUNYA

That this House believes that, given the UK's role and responsibilities as a member of the European Union, and of the Council of Europe and as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, the need for the Government to do all it can to ensure the safety and security of UK residents in Catalonia, and of UK visitors to Catalunya and most pertinently, the Government's recent experience of the Scottish referendum and its understanding of the importance of hearing the voices of all the people through a referendum in progressing peace in Northern Ireland, the Government should now call on both sides in Catalonia to enter into immediate talks and offer its good offices to facilitate progress.

 

Showing 15 out of 15

Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Bottomley, Peter Conservative Party Worthing West 01.11.2017
Chapman, Douglas Scottish National Party Dunfermline and West Fife 31.10.2017
Cherry, Joanna Scottish National Party Edinburgh South West 31.10.2017
Cowan, Ronnie Scottish National Party Inverclyde 01.11.2017
Day, Martyn Scottish National Party Linlithgow and East Falkirk 01.11.2017
Edwards, Jonathan Plaid Cymru Carmarthen East and Dinefwr 01.11.2017
Godsiff, Roger Labour Party Birmingham Hall Green 02.11.2017
Grady, Patrick Scottish National Party Glasgow North 02.11.2017
Lake, Ben Plaid Cymru Ceredigion 01.11.2017
Law, Chris Scottish National Party Dundee West 01.11.2017
Monaghan, Carol Scottish National Party Glasgow North West 01.11.2017
Saville Roberts, Liz Plaid Cymru Dwyfor Meirionnydd 01.11.2017
Stephens, Christopher Scottish National Party Glasgow South West 01.11.2017
Thewliss, Alison Scottish National Party Glasgow Central 01.11.2017
Williams, Hywel Plaid Cymru Arfon 31.10.2017

Early day motion 449

CATALAN DELEGATION TO THE UK

  • Session: 2017-19
  • Date tabled: 24.10.2017
  • Primary sponsor: MacNeil, Angus
  • Sponsors: 
    • Cherry, Joanna 
    • Thewliss, Alison
    • Brock, Deidre 
    • Stephens, Christopher 
    • Day, Martyn

 

Showing 23 out of 23

Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Brock, Deidre Scottish National Party Edinburgh North and Leith 24.10.2017
Brown, Alan Scottish National Party Kilmarnock and Loudoun 25.10.2017
Cameron, Lisa Scottish National Party East Kilbride Strathaven and Lesmahagow 26.10.2017
Campbell, Ronnie Labour Party Blyth Valley 25.10.2017
Chapman, Douglas Scottish National Party Dunfermline and West Fife 25.10.2017
Cherry, Joanna Scottish National Party Edinburgh South West 24.10.2017
Cowan, Ronnie Scottish National Party Inverclyde 25.10.2017
Day, Martyn Scottish National Party Linlithgow and East Falkirk 25.10.2017
Edwards, Jonathan Plaid Cymru Carmarthen East and Dinefwr 25.10.2017
Gibson, Patricia Scottish National Party North Ayrshire and Arran 25.10.2017
Godsiff, Roger Labour Party Birmingham Hall Green 25.10.2017
Lake, Ben Plaid Cymru Ceredigion 25.10.2017
Law, Chris Scottish National Party Dundee West 25.10.2017
Lucas, Caroline Green Party Brighton Pavilion 26.10.2017
MacNeil, Angus Scottish National Party Na h-Eileanan an Iar 24.10.2017
McNally, John Scottish National Party Falkirk 25.10.2017
Monaghan, Carol Scottish National Party Glasgow North West 25.10.2017
Newlands, Gavin Scottish National Party Paisley and Renfrewshire North 25.10.2017
Shannon, Jim Democratic Unionist Party Strangford 25.10.2017
Sheppard, Tommy Scottish National Party Edinburgh East 25.10.2017
Stephens, Christopher Scottish National Party Glasgow South West 24.10.2017
Thewliss, Alison Scottish National Party Glasgow Central 24.10.2017
Wishart, Pete Scottish National Party Perth and North Perthshire 25.10.2017

 

     

That this House is concerned by a threat to the Catalan delegation to the UK in London following a threatened power grab by Prime Minister Rajoy over Catalonia; and believes that the Catalan democracy should be maintained and that the Representation in London should be retained also.

Questions on Catalonia to the Minister for Europe and the Americas, 17 October 2017

 

Jonathan Edwards (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr) (PC)

11. What representations he has received on the independence referendum held in Catalonia on 1 October 2017. [901182]

 

The Minister for Europe and the Americas (Sir Alan Duncan)

I discussed Catalonia with the Spanish ambassador to the UK on 11 October. Our embassy in Madrid regularly discusses the issue with the Spanish Government. We also routinely engage with the Catalan regional Government on matters that fall properly within their competence.

 

Jonathan Edwards

The referendum provided a clear mandate for independence with over 92% of voters voting yes, despite horrific violence by the Spanish authorities. Yesterday pro-independence leaders were detained and charged with sedition. Surely the British Government and the international community should now be guided by the words of Woodrow Wilson:

“‘Self-determination’ is not a mere phrase. It is an imperative principle of actions”.

We should support the values of peace and democracy, not the forces of oppression.

 

Sir Alan Duncan

It is the rule of law that needs to govern the decision affecting the future of Catalonia. We fully defend the rule of law and actively assert that this can take place only within the proper workings of the Spanish constitution…

 

Joanna Cherry (Edinburgh South West) (SNP)

As Amnesty International among others has pointed out, the disproportionate use of force by police against civilians is contrary to international law. What representations has the Minister made to his Spanish counterparts about the treatment by Spanish police of civilians voting in the Catalonian independence referendum?

 

Sir Alan Duncan

People understand that we do not wish to see scenes such as that, but it is the duty of everyone in this House personally to uphold the rule of law. I very much regret that Scottish National party Members considered it appropriate to call themselves “official” observers at what was an illegal referendum…

 

Joanna Cherry (Edinburgh South West) (SNP)

 

On a point of order, Mr Speaker.

 

Mr Speaker

 

I believe that the point of order springs directly out of questions, and for that reason I will take it now—otherwise it would come after statements—but it must be done briefly.

 

Joanna Cherry

 

I seek an apology from the Minister for Europe and the Americas, the right hon. Member ​for Rutland and Melton (Sir Alan Duncan), who is no longer in his seat. The SNP did not send official observers to the Catalonian referendum. The Catalonian Government invited observers from across Europe and the Israeli Knesset. In addition to me, other Members of the House and a peer of the House of Lords, Lord Rennard, were present. We were there as international parliamentary observers, just as Conservative Members were in Gibraltar in 2002 at the request of the Gibraltar Government, despite that being an illegal referendum. I would like an apology and the record set straight.

 

Mr Speaker

I have understood the hon. and learned Lady, but we do not need to delve into the archives and refer back to 2002 and comparable examples. I recognise it is something that a distinguished legal practitioner is accustomed to doing, but we are short of time. If Ministers want to apologise, they can, but they are not under any obligation to do so.

 

Hansard, 17 October 2017

 

 

 

Report Back From Parliamentary Observers of the Catalan Referendum

 

 

 

Wednesday 18 October 2017, 6-9pm

Committee Room 17, Upper Committee Corridor, Palace of Westminster, London, SW1A 0AA

 

Hywel Williams MP, Joanna Cherry MP, Douglas Chapman MP and Lord Rennard reported back on their visit to Catalonia to be International Observers of the 1 October referendum. A lively question and answer session followed.

 

The meeting agreed to invite the New York Times's reporter in Spain, Raphael Minder, to address the November meetng of the APPG on the subject of his new book, "The Struggle for Catalonia."

 

 

Thanks For Your Support

Letter to APPG Members from the President of the Catalan Parliament

 

 

Dear APPG Catalonia members,

 

I sincerely appreciate the article you’ve wrote days ago in relation to the current political situation in Catalonia. We especially value international support that raises this case and is expressed through initiatives such as yours.

 

The people of Catalonia are only legitimately and peacefully asking to vote freely and democratically to decide their political future. Unfortunately, the Spanish government refuses to listen to this request and has begun judicial repression against Catalan institutions, public servants, citizens and civil society organisations. This repression does not respect the democratic guarantees that Spain theoretically recognises.

 

Although the referendum is not a crime under the Spanish penal code, they have made any action aimed at organising it criminal. They have taken control of the Catalan Government’s finances. They have sent police officers to raid the headquarters of the Government of Catalonia and have arrested public servants. And when the public have demonstrated peacefully to protest against these attacks, the Spanish Government has responded judicially with accusations of “sedition”.

 

Given the seriousness of these actions, if I may I would ask you to follow the evolution of the events that take place in Catalonia in the immediate future. Your support is essential to preserve peace, democracy, civil liberties and fundamental rights in Catalonia.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Carme Forcadell i Lluís
Presidenta

Parc de la Ciutadella. 08003 Barcelona
Tel. 933 046 500 – Fax 933 046 506

oficina.presidencia@parlament.cat

www.parlament.cat

 

 

 

Letter From Members and Supporters of the APPG Catalonia on the Current Situation in Catalonia

 

c/o Hywel Williams MP                                                                                21 September 2017

Houses of Parliament

Westminster

London 

SW1A 0AA

 

E-mail: info@appgcatalonia.org.uk

 

We, the undersigned, have a range of opinions on whether Catalonia should be independent or remain part of Spain. However, we all agree that the issue should be decided by the people of Catalonia in a democratic and peaceful way.

 

Consequently we are extremely disturbed by the measures taken by the Spanish Government to prevent the referendum, agreed to by the Catalan Parliament, taking place on 1 October.

 

These measures include: taking to court 700 Catalan mayors for allowing preparations for the vote to go ahead, seizing campaign material and ballot papers, threatening to cut off power to polling stations, arresting and charging a newspaper editor accused of aiding the preparations for the referendum and banning a public meeting called in Madrid to discuss the issue. The Spanish government are taking further steps daily and have now sent in the Civil Guards to occupy government buildings, with ministers and officials arrested, and the Spanish Government has taken control of the Catalan Government’s finances.

 

Both King Felipe V1 and the Prime Minister of Spain, Mariano Rajoy, have publicly called on Catalans not to vote. We believe, however, that the democratic way to proceed would for opponents of Catalan independence to campaign for their position in the referendum. That was the stance of the UK government in respect of the Scottish independence referendum in September 2014.

 

This referendum was democratically agreed to by the Catalan Parliament. To attempt to impede or stop it through sanctions, criminal charges and direct action by the Spanish state is an affront to democracy and threatens to embitter relations between Catalonia and the rest of Spain.

 

We call on the Spanish Government to allow this democratic test of Catalan opinion to go ahead on 1 October without further hindrance.

 

Hywel Williams MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Catalonia

Lord Berkeley

Deidre Brock MP

Douglas Chapman MP

Joanna Cherry MP

Ronnie Cowan MP

Martin Docherty-Hughes MP

Patricia Gibson MP

Neil Gray MP

Drew Henry MP

Ben Lake MP

Chris Law MP

Stewart McDonald MP

Angus B. MacNeil MP

Carol Monaghan MP

Gavin Newlands MP

Lord Rennard

Andrew Rosindell MP

Tommy Sheppard MP

Chris Stephens MP

Martin Vickers MP

Lord Wigley

 

This was published in The Guardian on 22 September 2017

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/21/spains-dangerous-bid-to-block-catalan-vote

 

 

Speaker of the House of Commons welcomes the President of the Catalan Parliament to Westminster

 

The Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, welcomes the President of the Catalan Parliament, Carme Forcadell, to the Chamber of the House of Commons.

 

 

 

[Mr Speaker in the Chair]

 
  •  
     

    Colleagues, we are pleased to be joined today by Speaker Carme Forcadell, the Speaker of the Parliament of Catalonia, who is visiting London, and whom we are delighted to see. Welcome to you.

 

 

The APPG on Catalonia meets with the President of the Catalan Parliament, Ms. Carme Forcadell

 

The Rt. Hon. Ms. Carme Forcadell with some of the MPs and Peers who attended the meeting with her on Monday 3 July 2017 in Parliament. From left to right: Baroness Hooper, Lord Berkeley, Chris Law MP, Ronnie Cowan MP, Chris Stephens MP, Ms. Carme Forcadell, Hywel Williams MP, Sergi Marcen, Head of the Catalan Delegation to the United Kingdom and Ireland, and Douglas Chapman MP.

 

Hywel Williams MP is the new Chair of the APPG on Catalonia. The group's Vice-Chairs are Douglas Chapman MP, Baroness Hooper, Lord Berkeley, Andrew Rosindell MP, Lord Rennard, Roger Godsiff MP and Baroness Garden.

 

Six Parliamentarians agreed to add their names in support of the APPG: Lord Berkeley, Deidre Brock MP, Ronnie Cowan MP, Chris Stephens MP, Ben Lake MP, and Pete Wishart MP.

 

It was agreed the APPG would send a delegation of Parliamentarians to Catalonia in September prior to the Catalan referendum. 

 

 

 

Carme Forcadell, President of the Catalan Parliament, addresses MPs and Peers of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Catalonia at the conclusion of her visit to Westminster.

 

 

Members and Peers Supporting the APPG on Catalonia 2017 Parliament

 

Hywel Williams MP- Chair

Douglas Chapman MP- Vice-Chair

Baroness Garden- Vice-Chair

Roger Godsiff MP- Vice-Chair

Baroness Hooper- Vice-Chair

Lord Rennard- Vice-Chair

Andrew Rosindell MP- Vice-Chair

Lord Alderdice

Sir David Amess MP

Lord Berkeley

Deidre Brock MP

Sarah Champion MP

Joanna Cherry MP

Ronnie Cowan MP

Martin Docherty-Hughes MP

Marion Fellows MP

Hugh Gaffney MP

Neil Gray MP

Drew Hendry MP

Ben Lake MP

Pauline Latham MP

Chris Law MP

Angus MacNeil MP

John McNally MP

Gavin Newlands MP

Carol Monaghan MP

Lord Northbrook

Baroness Sharples

Liz Saville Roberts MP

Tommy Shepphard MP

Chris Stephens MP

Alison Thewliss MP

Catherine West MP

Lord Wigley

Pete Wishart MP

 

Public Enquiry Point:

Chris Bambery

info@appgcatalonia.org.uk

07986 085162

 

 

Meeting At Westminster With Raul Romeva, Catalan Minister of Foreign Affairs

 

It was standing room only as over 100 people crammed to hear Raul Romeva, the Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Catalan Government explain why there is growing tension between Barcelona and Madrid over the Catalan Government's wish to hold a referendum on independence in late 2017.

The Minister addresses an audience of MPs, Peers, diplomats, academics and the general public and then took part in a lively question and answer session.

 

The following day he was interviewed in The National which you can access HERE

http://www.thenational.scot/news/15155919.Catalan_independence_referendum____should_be_based_on_Scotland_s_2014_poll_/

 

Media Coverage in English

 

Catalan News Agency

Romeva at Westminster: “There is more interest in discussing the Catalan question here than in Spain”

http://www.catalannewsagency.com/politics/item/romeva-sees-more-interest-in-discussing-the-catalan-question-at-westminster-than-in-spain

 

Catalan News Agency Videos

For film reporyt follow this link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGgA2TWer4Q

 

Media Coverage in Catalan and Spanish

 

El Punt Avui

El diputat escocès George Kerevan lamenta que el procés català no hagi arribat “ni a la taula de negociació”

http://www.elpuntavui.cat/politica/article/17-politica/1093975-el-diputat-escoces-george-kerevan-lamenta-que-el-proces-catala-no-hagi-arribat-ni-a-la-taula-de-negociacio.html

 

Vilaweb

Romeva diu que hi ha més interès per a tractar la qüestió catalana a Westminster que no a l’estat espanyol

http://www.vilaweb.cat/noticies/romeva-assegura-que-hi-ha-mes-interes-per-tractar-la-questio-catalana-a-westminster-que-a-lestat-espanyol/

 

El Pias

El Parlamento de Westminster se abre a Cataluña

http://www.elpais.cr/2017/03/15/el-parlamento-de-westminster-se-abre-a-cataluna/

 

Diari de Girona

Romeva presenta un grup sobre Catalunya a Londres

http://www.diaridegirona.cat/catalunya/2017/03/15/romeva-presenta-grup-sobre-catalunya/834641.html

 

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Minutes of Inaugural the All Party Parliamentary Group on Catalonia

Held in Room Q, Portcullis House, 1 March 2017, 6.30pm

Minutes of the Meeting

 

Parliamentarians Present:

Margaret Ferrier MP, George Kerevan MP (chairing), Chris Law MP, John Nicolson MP, Lord Rennard, Andrew Rossindell MP, Tommy Shepphard MP, Hywel Williams MP

 

  1. The Proposed Statement of Purpose was agreed:

 “The APPG on Catalonia aims to develop links between parliamentarians in this country and in Catalonia; to keep MPs and Peers abreast of the on-going debates and events pertaining to the issue of Catalan self-determination and to help ensure that debate is carried out in the most democratic way.”

  1. The Proposed List of Officers was agreed:

Chair: George Kerevan MP (SNP)

Vice Chairs: Andrew Rosindell MP (Conservative), Margaret Ritchie MP (SDLP), Roger Godsiff MP (Labour), Lord Rennard (Liberal Democrat), Lord Wigley Plaid Cymru), Douglas Chapman MP (SNP)

It was also agreed to add Margaret Ferrier MP (SNP) and Chris Law MP (SNP) as Vice Chairs

     3) It was agreed the Public Enquiry Point

Chris Bambery, Parliamentary Assistant to George Kerevan MP

  1. It was agreed that the APPG on Catalonia will host a meeting at the Palace of Westminster with the Catalan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Raül Romeva, on Tuesday 1 March in Committee Room: 12 Palace of Westminster, 6-8pm. All MPs and Peers are invited to hear and question Mr. Romeva,

The meeting was closed.

 

 

Chair:

George Kerevan MP (SNP)

 

Vice Chairs:

Andrew Rosindell MP (Conservative), Margaret Ferrier MP (SNP), Margaret Ritchie MP (SDLP), Roger Godsiff MP (Labour), Chris Law MP (SNP), Lord Rennard (Liberal Democrat), Lord Wigley (Plaid Cymru), Douglas Chapman MP (SNP)

 

Public Enquiry Point:

Chris Bambery, Parliamentary Assistant to George Kerevan MP:

bamberyc@parliament.uk, 0208 219 6770, 07986 085162

 

MPs and Peers Supporting APPG on Catalonia 2015-2017 Parliament

 

Lord Alderdice (Liberal Democrat)

Sir David Amess (Conservative)

Phil Boswell (SNP)

Chris Bryant (Labour)

Douglas Chapman (SNP)

Martin Docherty-Hughes (SNP)

Margaret Ferrier (SNP)

Baroness Garden of Frognal (Liberal Democrat)

Roger Godsiff (Labour)

Baroness Hooper (Conservative)

Lord Jones of Cheltenham (Liberal Democrat)

George Kerevan (SNP)

Pauline Latham (Conservative)

Chris Law (SNP)

Paul Monaghan (SNP)

Lord Rennard (Liberal Democrat)

Andrew Rosindell (Conservative)

Liz Saville Roberts (Plaid Cymru)

Baroness Sharples (Conservative)

Tommy Shepphard MP (SNP)

Lord Wigley (Plaid Cymru)

Hywel Williams (Plaid Cymru)

 

RaulRomeva, Catalan Minister of Foreign Affairs, addresses an audience in Committee Room 12 of the House of Commons on Tuesday 14 March 2017. Listening intently in the front row is Geoff Cowling, former British counsel in Barcelona. To Raul's left are George Kerevan MP, Sergi Marcen, Delegate of the Catalan Government to the UK and Ireland, Lord Wigley and Roger Godsiff MP

Platform from Left to Right: Raul Romeva, George Kerevan MP, Sergi Marcin, Lord Wigley, Roger Godsiff MP and in front of Roger Baroness Hooper.

Mark Durkan MP joins the platform (far right)