BRITISH Prime Minister David Cameron has warned Catalan nationalists that independence would also mean leaving the EU.
Cameron was speaking in Madrid at a joint press conference with Mariano Rajoy when he addressed the issue of independence in Catalunya.
He was also a staunch opponent of Scottish independence before the referendum in September last year.
“Just like the UK, Spain is a great country with a long and proud history, and if I had a message, it would be the same as the one in the UK, that we are better off together,” said Cameron.
“If one part of a state secedes, it’s no longer part of the European Union and has to take its place at the back of the queue behind those other countries applying to become members of the European Union,” he added.
The regional elections planned for September 27 in Catalunya are seen as a proxy for a vote on independence.
If nationalists win, they are threatening to declare unilateral independence which would automatically remove Catalunya from the EU, forcing them to the bottom of the waiting list.
Only last week, Angela Merkel also called on Catalunya to respect the ‘sovereignty and integrity’ of each state.