My name is Pilar. I was born and bred in Madrid and I am really pleased to try and answer today some of your questions on a very important issue we currently have in my dear country. I have been living in the UK for the past 14 years 11 of them working for the Financial Industry in London.
Do the majority of Spain want Catalonia to stay?
From: Bubblequeen:) | St Peter's Primary School
The Majority of Spain has never been asked this question (and so it should be because our Constitution as it is now does not allow to question the Unity of Spain). It is the regional government of Catalonia asking illegally the residents in the region. In any case, they have no curiosity on finding out what the rest of the country thinks.
To what extent do you feel that the feelings in Catalonia are shared with Scotland, Do you believe that their reasons for wanting to leave are similar?
From: To be Frank | Graveney School
This is a really good question! It is my understanding that Scotland is a separate country that decided to join England back in 1707 in the Act of the Union. Unlike Scotland, Catalonia was never a separate country. Never! Unfortunately the wrong history has been taught in some schools in Catalonia and there is a whole generation thinking they were always a different country. It started as a County (County of Barcelona) inside the Kingdom of Aragon which then merged with the Kingdom of Castilla and shaped to something very similar to what it is now the Kingdom of Spain.
"I really hope Barcelona FC never leaves the Spanish Liga. The matches of these two teams are a pleasure to watch even if I suffer sometimes (and even loose) I would not change them for anything!"
Pilar, Real Madrid Fan
I wanted to confirm. Will there ever be civil resistance? And also how will the Catalonians cope during this crisis and will this affect their nation?
From: ~BatQueen211 | Michael Faraday School
I am not sure I understand the question...... Spain is a democratic country and there may be people with different opinions but hopefully it will not develop into a civil war..... Spanish people (and this includes Catalans) voted in favour of the structure of the current democratic system back in 1978. Having said that, there may room for improvement 40 years later. Personally I am a great admirer of the people who organised my country in a "Parliamentary Monarchy" the year I was born.
Is money and economy the reason why Catalonia was part of the Spanish nation in the first place?
From: ImaginativeExplorer| John Ruskin Primary School
The franks and the Kingdom of Aragon conquered the region from the Moors in 801. The county of Barcelona contributed to develop the Kingdom of Aragon Navy and they flourished as a COUNTY (not a COUNTRY) within a Kingdom. In 1469 the Kingdom of Aragon (and the insider County of Barcelona) merged with the Kingdom of Castilla to shape the Unified Crown of Spain. It was only after the war of Spanish Succession than King Felipe V, due to the Catalan Support to the enemy, banned all of their traditional institutions and rights, and merged the county of Barcelona as a province of the Kingdom of Castilla (worth mentioning that the same happened to the rest of the Kingdom of Aragon).
What league do you think Barcelona will go to if Catalonia becomes separate?
From: YamiRaven#123 | Ravenscroft Primary School
As a great Real Madrid football fan, I really hope Barcelona FC never leaves the Spanish Liga. The matches of these two teams are a pleasure to watch even if I suffer sometimes (and even loose) I would not change them for anything!!!!!