Spanish Prime Minister wows to prevent Catalan independence

Spanish Prime Minister wows to prevent Catalan independence

Spanish Prime Minister wows to prevent Catalan independence

If Catalan authorities decide to declare independence from Spain following the results of the referendum, they will hardly be able to enjoy their status as the tensions with Madrid over violation of the Spanish constitution will rise and there will be no support internationally since other states would not sacrifice their relations with Spain for Catalonia's sake, experts told Sputnik.

He also said he planned to keep extra police, deployed to Catalonia before the referendum, in the region until the crisis is over.

Rallies were held Saturday in Madrid, Barcelona and other cities to demand that Rajoy and Puigdemont negotiate to find a solution to Spain's worst political crisis in almost four decades.

Asked by El Pais reporters on Saturday whether he would be willing to use article 155, Rajoy said: 'I don't rule out absolutely anything that is within the law ...

In a sea of red-and-yellow Spanish and Catalan flags, protesters sent a clear message, shouting: "Catalonia is Spain".

Demonstrators dressed in white held rallies in Barcelona, Madrid and more than 40 other cities, carrying banners and flags that read "Hablamos?" or "Can we talk?"

Aparici said the motivation for Catalonia's separatists has always been gaining greater fiscal autonomy.

The last Catalan government poll on the topic showed 41.1 percent were in favour of independence while 49.4 percent were against.

"Spain will continue being Spain".

Spanish police scuffle with a man outside a polling station for the banned independence referendum in Tarragona, Spain, October 1, 2017.

It is unclear how widespread Vila's moderate position is inside the Catalan government, which is being pressured by separatist grassroots groups and the far-left party CUP to declare independence soon.

Catalonia, a region of around 7.5 million people with its own distinct language and culture, has had a complex relationship at times with Madrid.

After Spains Constitutional Court suspended a session of the Catalan regional parliament set for Monday, which had been expected to endorse an independence declaration, the parliament said pro-independence leader Carles Puigdemont would address the assembly on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the regional president of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, announced he would appear in the regional parliament on Tuesday to explain the political situation.

"I can do nothing but regret it, apologise on behalf of the officers who intervened", said the government's representative in Catalonia, Enric Millo.

"I would like [Catalan authorities] to abandon the idea of unilateral declaration of independence as soon as possible or many issues would be more complicated in future".

Raul Briones, 40 wearing a Spanish national soccer team shirt said: "The people who have come to demonstrate don't feel Catalan so much as Spanish".

But that turnout represented only 43 per cent of the region's 5.3 million eligible voters as many opponents of independence stayed away.

Catalonia's referendum law establishes an "exceptional legal regime" that "prevails hierarchically overall norms which it may conflict with", meaning it overrides other laws.

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