Globally revered law scholar Sujit Choudhry co-authored an open letter regarding the relationship between Spain and Catalonia region, see also Sujit’s (Facebook.com) for more updates. The letter focuses on constructing a viable plan for both sides moving forward trying to resolve the issue of a possible secession. The Catalonia region of Spain, which includes Barcelona, has gained traction among its people for a possible secession from the country of Spain. Former Prime Minister of Spain, Mariano Rajoy, was a rival to this secession as is his successor Pedro Sanchez. This has created a rift between Spain and the leadership of Catalonia, as the Spanish administration has been accused of suppressing a possible referendum among Catalans. Both sides have accused the other of unethical practices throughout this political dialogue. This led to the exile of former Catalan leader, Carles Puigdemont and an abundance of arrests among Catalan leaders regarding illegal use of political funds. This eventually led to the appointment of new Catalan President in Quim Torra. This has been seen as a great opportunity to renew political dialogue moving forward and get a fresh start with new leaders for both parties as stated in iconnectblog.com. Up to this point it has been a stalemate between the two fresh faces in charge, but a break from the highly contentious dialogue thus far may be beneficial to both sides. As difficult as it may seem now for a resolution to be made, Choudhry and his peers have made some important suggestions for the two sides as they move forward in negotiations. The first step Choudhry mentions is a fair referendum in Catalonia, without interference from the Spanish government, to determine if the Catalan people support secession. This has been a major issue in the past as Spanish administration has interfered by subduing voter turnout, watch here on (Youtube.com). Another obstacle facing Catalans that must be resolved is Spain’s unwillingness to accept a secession even if a referendum did occur. As noted by Choudhry and his peers, the key to progress moving forward with this political dialogue is transparency from both sides. Both sides will need to compromise to ensure success in Catalonia and Spain in the future.
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