Theo Francken, the outspoken secretary of state responsible for asylum and migration, told the public broadcaster VRT on Saturday that the “Catalan people who feel politically threatened can ask for asylum in Belgium”.
“That includes President Puigdemont. This is 100% legal,” he told the TV station.
Francken is a member of N-VA, the Flemish nationalist party included in the coalition government in Belgium.
His comments came after the Spanish government decided last Friday to sack the Catalan executive, after the regional parliament unilaterally declared independence, breaching the national constitution.