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Spain has filed a protest with Scotland after this week's joint statement between Catalan president Quim Torra and Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon, according to El Confidencial Digital. In the statement, the leaders defended Catalonia's right to self-determination.

The Spanish government gave instructions to its diplomatic representatives in London and Edinburgh to enter a diplomatic protest. According to the newspaper, because Spain considers Scotland's a "regional" government, in the end it wasn't the ambassador to the UK, Carlos Bastarreche, who made the protest, but the consul in the Scottish capital, Ricardo Martínez.

Martínez met with the Scottish minister for Europe, Ben MacPherson, and passed on Spain's discomfort over the support of Catalan self-determination. The consul reportedly argued that, according to UN doctrine relating to which territories have the right to self-determination, Catalonia "in no case" meets the criteria.

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