The recent skirmishes in Catalonia have attracted the attention of several constitutional scholars that have been moved to write an open letter to both Spanish as well as Catalan governments on the developing situation in Catalonia. The scholars consisting of Sujit Choudhry have penned their concerns urging President Puigdemont to extend a hand to show his solidarity when negotiating terms that will see them secede from Spain. The expected outcome is that it is hoped that both sides will come to the table in good faith and have a fruitful discussion that will see them square out their constitutional issues. Sujit Choudhry and the others have concluded that the best way the Catalonian president can show his commitment towards the talks and forge the way forward is by holding a referendum, view (Works.bepress.com). By giving the Catalonians the freedom to vote and decide their destiny proves that he is putting the wishes of the Catalan people first.
They also addressed the prime minister of Spain to come to terms with the decision of the Catalans and their wish to separate from the union and to also avoid suppressing their decision to become independent and do it peacefully. The scholars wrote that by having a referendum will help the masses understand the wish of the Catalans to pursue this quest as it will make their needs known and open for all to support. The scholars state that a constitutional agreement that recognizes and identifies the rights of the opposing sides and agrees with the ambitions of the Catalans that want freedom and peace to prevail. Sujit Choudhry who co-authored the letter is a renowned lawyer who has specialized in matters to do with the constitution. He has also had the opportunity to advise several nations including South Africa, Nepal as well as Yemen among others. Sujit Choudhry is an expert on matters dealing with the formation of new constitutions, check out his (Linkedin.com). His extensive work on charters has seen him become the founder of a center that deals with constitutional transitions as well as lecture law at the University of California where Sujit expounds on the subject to students.