If elites are against Brexit, then they will be appalled by this secession movement.
Their large rallies indicate that this secession movement is alive and growing.
According to RT.com,
Hundreds of thousands have taken to the streets of five Catalan cities for rallies aimed at speeding up the process breakaway from Spain, local media reported.
Demonstrators carried national flags with some of them wearing traditional Catalan clothes or T-shirts bearing pro-independence slogans. Rallies spanned Barcelona, Salt, Berga, Lleida and Tarragona, Catalan News Agency reported on Sunday. A mass rally for Catalonia’s national day, “Diada,” expected over 340,000 people, according to AFP.
Why do they want to be an independent nation from Spain?
For one thing, they have a separate national heritage that includes their own language. Their distinct national identity is real.
Another factor is that Catalonia produces 18.6 percent of Spain’s GDP while receiving only 9.4 percent of the budget. Plainly, they are being economically exploited by the Spanish-speaking population.
Following a clear win in Catalonia’s regional parliament last year, the leaders of the pro-independence movement approved a plan ensuring Catalonia’s independence by mid-2017, however, little progress has been made since.
The situation worsened in June when Catalonia’s coalition government lost the support of the anti-capitalist party CUP which refused to approve the 2016 budget plan and subsequently lost the majority in the parliament.
Head of the regional government of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont is now compelled to run a minority government with 62 seats in the 135-seat regional assembly.
Obviously, there are ideological forces at work here that are not conservative. Losing the support of the “anti-capitalist party” may be a great thing in the long run.
Ultimately, it doesn’t matter if the Catalans are conservative. What matters is that their rise is a challenge to the prevailing globalism. Their victory would be worse for the international elites than Brexit.