The European Free Alliance (EFA) approved a motion on Friday endorsing “the resumption of the negotiating table, with no boundaries regarding political discussions and as a mechanism for the resolution of the political conflict between Spain and Catalonia.”
At the EFA Annual Assembly on Thursday and Friday in Brussels, the delegates went further still and urged the Spanish institutions “to draft an amnesty law that will ensure the immediate end of political repression and the return of the exiles” and “to recognize the right to self-determination of Catalonia” by agreeing to a referendum that the Catalan people have repeatedly demanded, expressing their will to decide on their future at the polls.
The text of the motion also shows concern and rejection of “all forms of repression” that the Catalan independence movement is enduring, and urges the European institutions to adopt a democratic framework for the exercise of the right to self-determination of the stateless nations of the EU.”
Elisabet Nebreda, Esquerra Republicana’s representative at the EFA General Assembly, added that “We are certainly sceptical about the results of the negotiating table, but we will never walk out of talks with Spain on the right to Catalonia’s self-determination and amnesty for all those victims of reprisals. If anyone believes that there is an alternative path, let them explain and materialize it. We need to regain our strength, both at home and internationally, we need to become stronger and stronger. We will always defend dialogue and negotiation as the democratic basis for resolving the political conflict between Catalonia and Spain.”