The Foreign Minister of Scotland between 2007 and 2009, Linda Fabiani, defended the legitimate right of Scots and Catalans to decide freely on their independence. This Fabiani told the conference she gave in Torroella in the framework of a conference on the future of stateless nations and the case of Scotland. The former minister admitted that she was "horrified by the hatred and resentment" that some Spanish people express respect for the aspirations of sovereignty of Catalonia.
In her talk, Fabiani said she was convinced that Scotland will get independence from the United Kingdom and was assured that, contrary to warn that some sectors, independence "will further strengthen Scotland economically and as a country." The member of the Scottish National Party (SNP) believes the future lies in medium and small nations, in contrast to large countries, "for its ability and agility to adapt quickly to changes. This year, the SNP plans a referendum on independence in Scotland and Fabiani defends the right of Scottish people to decide the role that the country wants in the world. She felt that independence of Scotland would be "accepted by the European Union, because Europe does not want a weaker, but the opposite."