Sujit Choudhry Speaking His Mind on the Spain Catalonia Constitutional Issue

Sujit Choudhry together with other leading international constitutional law experts penned an open letter to both the Catalan and Spanish governments, see also ( Catalonia is facing a constitutional issue and is seeking to secede from Spain. The open letter was advocating for an open dialogue between the two parties with the aim that they will both act in good faith and in the best interests of their governments in finding an amicable solution to the crisis.

Based on (, the scholars in the letter are pleading with the President of Catalonia Puigdemont to show that is committed to the cause of secession through the initiation of a constitutional process where Catalans will exercise their democratic right of choosing whether to secede or not in a referendum exercise. On the other hand, the scholars want the prime minister of Spain Rajoy to grant the Catalans their wish of secession and to cease from doing anything that may try to suppress the Catalans freedom of expression.

Sujit Choudhry together with the scholars is advocating for a referendum that will clearly show how the Catalans quest for secession affects the Spanish constitutional order. According to the scholars, a legal settlement that will recognize the rights of both parties including the ambitions of the Catalans is what will help end the stalemate, view (

The letter that was co-authored by Sujit Choudhry further stated that it would be in the best interests of the two conflicting parties including their neighbors to seek a peaceful, lasting solution to ending the dispute. Anything short of that will undermine the spirit of the European Union. The secession process had been faced with increased resistance from Spain as from October 1st. The government of Spain used force to bar the Catalans from holding a referendum that would have addressed their plight. They made an already tense situation even worse.

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However, it is still not clear as to whether the majority of the Catalans are for independence or against it. There have been increasingly dissenting voices against secession, and it is not clear whether Spain influence has had any effect on the people or not. The only way to determine the sincere wishes of the people is through the referendum.

Sujit Choudhry is an international acclaimed constitutional expert who has decades of experience in international legal matters and has been involved in the constitutional making process of many countries worldwide, click