In response to questions from the press, the President of the Government considers it to be "good for Germany and good for Europe" that this country has agreed to form a government since, in his opinion, this brings political stability, which is what Europe needs: "Stable governments".
When asked about the tributes to the released ETA prisoners, Mariano Rajoy maintained that when there is an action that does not comply with the law, the governments will address the competent authorities and, as the case may be, prevent this action by administrative means.
As regards whether he would veto the entry of Scotland in the European Union following its secession from the United Kingdom, the President of the Government declared that "is his very clear understanding that a region that obtains independence from a Member State of the EU would remain outside of the EU".
He went on to say that only the day before the EU Spokesperson had pointed out that "the European Union Treaties solely and exclusively apply to those Member States that have agreed and ratified them". Hence, he stated that "if one part of a territory of a Member State secedes, then this new independent State would become a third country vis-à-vis the European Union and the EU Treaties would therefore not apply". This, he underlined, "has many consequences: economic, monetary and in relation to the markets, immigration and border control".
In this respect, the President of the Government sought to make a political consideration. "The times in which we live require strong countries and unity is not contrary to autonomy, but rather is a guarantee of strength in an increasingly complex and global world". He maintained that "European regions that propose to secede or go it alone with a very uncertain future in which the final destination is unknown are not doing themselves any favours".
On the matter of the possible removal of the knives in the fence in Melilla, the President of the Government said that its dissuasive effect is being assessed and an effective alternative is being sought. The situation of the tensions at the border and the incidents recorded since these knives were attached eight years ago are also being evaluated. A decision will be taken following these assessments, concluded Mariano Rajoy.