12th February 2019

Today, I joined SNP MPs to call for the release of the Catalan political prisoners as their trial begins.

Members of the Catalan Government and grassroots political activists are facing medieval charges – rebellion and sedition – and decades in prison in a court case that has been prolonged.

The international community must watch the trial closely and ensure that human rights are not trampled further.

Catalonia – as does every nation – deserves to decide its future through a recognised referendum which they have been attempting to secure for years. The actions of Madrid during the unrecognised Catalan referendum were authoritarian and were not befitting of 21st century Europe.

Self-determination is not an offence – it is a human right.