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.

 

 

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

 

 

 

Westminster Hall Debate On The Effect Of The Catalan Referendum On The European Union

 

We are pleased to announce that our Chair, Hywel Williams MP, has secured a Westminster Hall debate on The Catalan Referendum On The European Union on Tuesday 10 October from 11am until 11.30am

 

On behalf of the APPG on Catalonia Chris Bambery, the Group's Public Point of Inquiry, signs the Catalan Government's Delegation to the UK's Book of Condolences.

 

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Catalonia would like to extend its sympathies to all those murdered and injured in the terror attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils, our sympathy to all their family and friends, and we extend our thanks to the security and emergency services there.

 

Naturally we join in condemning such cowardly attacks on innocent civilians, enjoying their holidays or simply going about their everyday business. 

 

 

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]

 
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    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

Andrew Rosindell MP- Vice-Chair

Douglas Chapman MP- Vice-Chair

Baroness Hooper- Vice-Chair

Baroness Garden- Vice-Chair

Lord Rennard- Vice-Chair

Roger Godsiff MP- Vice-Chair

Sir David Amess MP

Pauline Latham MP

Martin Docherty-Hughes MP

Chris Law MP

Ben Lake MP

Tommy Shepphard MP

Ronnie Cowan MP

Chris Stephens MP

Deidre Brock MP

Pete Wishart MP

Liz Saville Roberts MP

Lord Alderdice

Baroness Sharples

Lord Berkeley

Lord Wigley

Lord Northbrook

Joanna Cherry MP

 

Public Enquiry Point:

Chris Bambery

info@appgcatalonia.org.uk

 

 

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)

Mark Durkan (SDLP)

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)

Natalie McGarry (Independent)

Paul Monaghan (SNP)

Lord Rennard (Liberal Democrat)

Margaret Ritchie (SDLP)

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)