Seven British MPs have registered an early day motion calling for the "immediate" release of former Catalan Parliament speaker Carme Forcadell. The motion "notes that the crime of rebellion of which she has been accused refers to the use of violence, of which there has been no evidence" and highlights that this "inconsistency was highlighted by the German judiciary" when it rejected the extradition of president Carles Puigdemont on the same charge. The motion is signed by MPs from the Scottish National Party, Plaid Cymru and Labour.
The MPs express "regret" for the "attempts by the Spanish Government to interfere in the proceedings of the Catalan Parliament" and support for the "right of peoples to hold free and open discussions of ideas without state intrusion". They also call for the "resolution of these institutional and political conflicts through non-criminal channels".
Early day motions are a mechanism for MPs to draw attention to particular subjects; in practice, they rarely lead to a debate or vote. This particular motion is an initiative of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Catalonia.