Report on the consequences of independence blocked in the European Parliament
Brussels (ACN).- The European Parliament has vetoed a report on “the consequences of secession of the territory of a member state for its membership of the European Union”, the ACN can confirm. The Scottish Labour MEP, David Martin, hoped to prepare a report about the impact of secession for Scotland and Catalonia, but authorisation to do so was delayed and blocked by his own socialist group, as shown by the minutes of the meetings of the Conference of Presidents of the European Parliament. The president of the European Parliament, German socialist Martin Schulz, and the leader of the group in the chamber, Austrian Hannes Swoboda, did not give final permission for the report to go ahead, and considering the European elections that will take place in May 2014, it is now too late to prepare it. Schulz and Swoboda ceded to pressures from the Spanish socialist party PSOE that feared that the report would benefit pro-independence campaigners in Catalonia, the ACN understands.