The president of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez, compares the "brexit" with the independence movement in Catalonia and considers that both are "political projects based on lies" that lead society to "dead ends".
In an interview with several foreign newspapers, including the British newspaper "The Guardian", The socialist leader draws parallels between the arguments put forward both by the supporters in the United Kingdom to break with the community block, and with those employed by the Catalan separatists in Spain.
Brexit and Catalunya
"The techniques of the Catalan independence movement are very similar to those used by (Nigel) Farage and other ultraconservative leaders who have defended the Brexit"
According to the socialist leader, "the techniques of the Catalan independence movement are very similar to those used by (Nigel) Farage and other ultraconservative leaders who have defended the 'Brexit'. "They say 'Europe is robbing us', or 'Spain is stealing us' (...) In the end - he says - I believe that getting involved in campaigns or political projects based on lies leads, eventually, to societies to a dead end and that is really difficult to manage. "
With regard to the process of leaving the United Kingdom of the European Union, Sanchez believes that he should draw lessons and reflects on how the internal differences of a party can become "a global problem."
The "brexit", in his opinion, should never have been raised as a binary issue: "It's not about 'I'm leaving or I'm staying'. Maybe the question (of the 2016 referendum) should have been: "Do you want to stay in a better Europe ?, because without a doubt there are many things that need to change in Europe". The Spanish socialist leader trusts that British politicians act responsibly in order to avoid a hard "brexit".
Lies, Brexit and independence
"Engaging in campaigns or political projects based on lies leads, eventually, to societies to a dead end and that is really difficult to manage
"The possibility of an ordered 'brexit' continues to exist and that is the appeal I make to the British deputies," he remarks. In this regard, he assures that he has a "close relationship" with the Prime Minister, Theresa May, and that they are determined to protect the rights of Spaniards residing in the United Kingdom and of the British living in Spain.
In the interview, the president alludes to the Spanish political scene, less than four weeks before the elections, and expresses his fear that the extreme right-wing party Vox is "radicalizing and igniting the discourse of the PP and Citizens."
In addition to reproach them for agreeing with the extreme right, he shows his intention that the PSOE should govern alone, although without discarding that they may have to resort to alliances: "I will speak with all the political parties but always within the limits of the Constitution and of what It's legal, "he concludes.