In a written reply to Spanish MEP Beatriz Becerra, who had asked about Europe's position on the question of Catalan separatism in June, the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, has said that "respecting the rule of law and the limits it imposes on those in government is not a choice but an obligation".

The constitutional frameworks of individual member states, he writes: "are part of the legal framework of the European Union".

"Their respect must be guaranteed at all times."

"Any action against the constitution of a Member State is an action against the European Un...