A majority of Catalans have repeatedly expressed in
different ways the wish to exercise their democratic right to vote on
their political future.
This strong demand to vote is the result of longstanding dissension between the governments of Catalonia and Spain
over the degree of cultural, political, and financial autonomy that
Catalans should enjoy, despite several attempts to reach an acceptable
As the precedents in Quebec and Scotland show, the best way to solve legitimate internal disputes is to employ the tools of democracy.
To prevent the Catalans from voting seems to contradict the principles that inspire democratic societies.
Accordingly, we call on the Spanish government and institutions and their Catalan counterparts to
work together to allow the citizens of Catalonia to vote on their
political future and then negotiate in good faith based on the result.