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    Scotland and Catalonia would face very real challenges in making a seamless transition to EU membership after independence

Scotland and Catalonia would face very real challenges in making a seamless transition to EU membership after independence

Independence campaigners in both Scotland and Catalonia have advocated retaining their EU membership post-independence. Merijn Chamon and Guillaume Van der Loo assess the legal basis on which subnational entities could maintain EU membership after declaring independence. They write that while the EU treaties make no explicit reference to this situation, it would be difficult for a seamless transition to take […]

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The “right to decide” in the Catalan independence debate is far more complex than commonly portrayed

A central issue in the context of Catalan independence has been its framing as the “right to decide”. José Javier Olivas and Sonia Sierra examine the concept of the “right to decide” from a linguistic and legal perspective and argue that it is an open-ended and imprecise fabrication without any political equivalent in legal systems around the world. They maintain […]

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Sunday’s election confirms that a majority of Catalans support independence, but there are deep divisions over what an independent Catalonia should look like.

A majority of seats in the Catalan Parliament are now held by parties with a commitment to holding a referendum on independence. Joan Costa i Font writes that while there is a clear mandate for putting a referendum to the population, there is little agreement between parties on how a Catalonian state should be organised. A key priority for the […]

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