Spain: Populist Vox supporters call for Spain to exit the EU

Jan 31, 2020 by

Supporters from Spain’s Vox party have called for Spain to exit the European Union after the European Court of Justice ruled that jailed Catalan separatist Oriol Junqueras should have parliamentary immunity.  

Talks of a Spanish exit from the EU come just days after officials in Poland claimed that a Polish exit from the EU may be in the cards. Vox’s party leader Santiago Abascal has condemned the ECJ ruling as an offensive infringement on Spain’s national sovereignty, The Telegraph reports.

Junqueras was one of nine pro-independence leaders who were jailed by Spanish authorities following the unauthorized Catalonian independence referendum in 2017.

Despite his arrest, Jungueras was elected to the European Parliament as MEP in last May’s elections.  

This week the ECJ rejected Madrid’s argument that Junqueras failed to qualify to be an MEP since he hadn’t sworn an oath to the Spanish constitution. EU judges in Luxembourg then ruled that Junqueras, who was sentenced to 13 years in prison for sedition, should be freed due to his parliamentary immunity. 

In response to the ECJ ruling, Abascal said: “Because of EU courts, terrorists and rapists (who have raped women again) were released. Now they are slapping us in the face by making Puigdemont an MEP.” 

“Spain (as other countries do) should not abide by any judgment of those who attack our sovereignty and security,” the Vox president wrote on Twitter. “Vox is not going to allow any more humiliations.” 

According to the latest polls, national populist Vox, which grabbed 52 seats in Spanish parliament at the last election, is still Spain’s third-largest party with 16.2 percent of the vote. 

Source: Spain: Populist Vox supporters call for Spain to exit the EU – Voice of Europe

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