Spanish Premier Issues New Warning Against Catalan Separatists

Spanish Premier Issues New Warning Against Catalan Separatists

Earlier on Monday, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: "I didn't ever really take kindly to people trying to interfere in whether Scotland should become independent; it's not for me to say whether Catalonia should be independent". Spanish law bans such representations if they are used to incite acts of violence.

Puigdemont will address the Catalan parliament at 6 p.m. (1600 GMT) on Tuesday on "the current political situation" amid speculation he could ask the assembly to declare independence.

Catalan leaders have said they will implement the result of that ballot, which saw 90.18% support for breaking away among the almost 2.3 million people who voted.

Hundreds of thousands of people are marching in Barcelona to demand Catalonia rejects independence and stays with Spain.

Socialist party leader Pedro Sanchez says that "a unilateral declaration of independence doesn't have a place in a state ruled by law". "We are facing a tremendous unknown".

"If independence were to be recognised - which is not something that's being discussed - the most immediate outcome would be that [Catalonia] automatically left the European Union".

Women wear masks during a pro-union demonstration organised by the Catalan Civil Society organisation in Barcelona, Spain, October 8, 2017.

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However, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said he will not rule out removing Catalonia's autonomous government if Mr Puigdemont does anything of the sort.

In an interview with the French TV station CNews, Nathalie Loiseau, France's minister of European affairs, said any declaration of independence would leave Catalonia isolated.

Ramon Tremosa, an European Union lawmaker from PDeCAT, told Onda Vasca radio on Monday that Puigdemont could follow the example of Slovenia, which declared independence in 1991 following an unauthorized referendum, but waited months before enacting it.

Catalans speak up against a split: Social media was once again full of images of protests in the Catalan capital of Barcelona, but this time from those who don't want to see a breakaway region.

In clearer terms, on Sunday a member of PdeCat, one of the parties in the ruling coalition government in Barcelona, Marta Pascal, told the BBC the nationalists would stop short of issuing a unilateral declaration of independence on Tuesday.

"In our view, the Catalonian government is not really in full control of the process toward independence, which has been taken over by far-left radical parties and anti-globalization groups". Since last week, the region's two largest banks and some of its biggest companies have relocated to elsewhere in Spain.

The region of Catalonia, home to 7.5 million people in the northeast, is crucial to Spain, which is the EU's fifth-biggest economy and a member of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

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