Members of Spain’s conservative party want the country to leave the EU’s Schengen Area if they “aren’t respected” by Germany, following their refusal to extradite separatist Catalan leader Puigdemont to Spain on grounds of treason.
Two members of Spain’s former ruling party have told socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez he should pull Spain out of the European Union’s free movement agreement.
Their words come just hours after a German court ruled that deposed Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont may be extradited to Spain but only for alleged corruption and not on the more serious charge of rebellion.
Carlos Casado, candidate to the presidency of Spain’s former ruling Popular Party, told journalists that if he were to become Prime Minister he wouldn’t allow for such “humiliations” and suggested the country close its borders “if there aren’t any guarantees that Spain will be respected”.
“With these kinds of decisions separatists feel supported by the international community,” Casado tweeted.
PP spokesperson in the European Parliament Esteban González Pons reiterated the conservative party’s sentiment by saying “this is a very sad day for the process of integration” as it proved that “European arrest warrants don’t work”.
“I demand that Sánchez scrap the enforcement of the Schengen Agreement in Spain, as so many other countries in the EU have done, until it becomes clear whether a European arrest warrant actually serves for anything,” González Pons is seen saying on a video posted on the party’s twitter page.
Spain is an active member of the Schengen Area, an area comprising 26 European states that have officially abolished passport and all other types of border control at their mutual borders.