Constitutional law scholar, and I. Michael Heyman Professor of Law at U.C. Berkeley, Sujit Choudhry, recently discussed his views regarding Catalonia’s wish to secede from Spain, in an open letter. In the letter, which was co-authored by Sujit Choudhry, along with several other law scholars, insisted that the governments of both, Catalonia and Spain, engage in dialogue, in an effort to quell the ongoing crisis. In an appeal to President Carles Puigdemont, he asked that the Catalan President express his full commitment to secede from Spain by organizing a referendum, feeling that this would be the most appropriate method of confirming the will of the people. Sujit Choudhry and his contemporaries also appealed to the Prime Minister of Spain, Mariano Rajoy, asking that he adopt an open-minded approach regarding Catalonia’s desire to secede, and discontinue any suppression methods that might hinder a peaceful resolution. In Choudhry’s opinion, a referendum is necessary, as it would help reflect the fact that the Catalan peoples’ road to secession, is not a straight path, but the process does present a number of issues to the constitutional order of Spain.
In October of 2017, Spain resorted to drastic measures in its response to the strides regarding the situation in Catalonia, read (Patch.com). Violence erupted in an effort to stop the proposed referendum, causing tensions to rise considerably, yet, it did not reach the levels of times past. In response, President Puigdemont decided to postpone Catalonia’s declaration of secession, choosing, instead, to continue talks with Prime Minister Rajoy, in hopes of reaching an agreeable solution, see (Linkedin.com). In light of this decision, Sujit Choudhry suggested that President Puigdemont should also be more forthcoming regarding the views of the Catalan people, as a large number of people have openly expressed doubt regarding an independent future, and some have expressed absolute contempt for the possibility. Although these numbers remain in the minority, Sujit Choudhry believes that the will of the entire population should be considered due to the significance of a possible secession. While Choudhry and his fellow scholars were clear in their belief that voter turnout was suppressed, other, less-radical proceedings should be considered by President Puigdemont, find out more information on works.bepress.com.