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NEC Statement - Catalonia referendum
The Liberal Party notes the Spanish governments actions to place Catalonia under direct rule, dismissing the regional government following the contentious independence ‘referendum’.

The actions of the Spanish government contrast those of the Scottish independence referendum where there was an open debate within a responsive constitutional environment.

The filing of charges against prominent member of the independence movement, including dismissed regional president Carles Puigdemont are arguable a disproportionate response to silence further aspiration for greater regional autonomy.

As noted in a topical motion at the Liberal Party October Assembly, the party supports the right of peoples to choose their own destiny, both individually and collectively.

To this end the Liberal Party supports the 'right of self -determination' of all peoples, insofar as the same is consistent with the rule of law and such rights are exercised peacefully.

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