Spanish gov't to take measures if Catalonia region unilaterally declares independence

Spanish gov't to take measures if Catalonia region unilaterally declares independence

Spanish gov't to take measures if Catalonia region unilaterally declares independence

Despite some secessionists' attempts to label Sunday's march as a right-wing, authoritarian event, several people insisted that the pro-independence camp did not have a monopoly on progressive opinion.

Catalan President Carles Puigdemont is expected to address the regional Parliament on Tuesday as there was no sign of a compromise with Madrid.

The Catalan crisis has presented Spain with its biggest political challenge since it became a democracy four decades ago. It's unclear how Catalonia can gain control of its defense and foreign affairs, tax collection and management of airports, ports, rail transport and nuclear stations, most of which are now managed by Spain. "A period of prolonged and elevated tension in Catalonia or political uncertainty in Spain at large could weigh negatively on the economy and public finances".

On social media, people could be seen booing Catalan police, whose chief is suspected of collusion with separatists. The majority of the region's unionists boycotted the October 1 referendum, which was banned by Madrid and disrupted by a violent police crackdown.

Loiseau added that a declaration of independence would immediately result in Catalonia's departure from the 28-nation European Union.

In the El Pais interview, Mr Rajoy said, "The government will ensure that any declaration of independence will lead to nothing".

"Ladies and gentlemen, they used the most valuable weapon we have: they used a ballot paper and a pen, and that was more important than anything the Spanish authorities could throw at them". Spanish borrowing costs fell to a one-week low and the main share index .IBEX touched a week high.

Catalan president Carles Puigdemont has pledged to push ahead for independence.

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Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said he would not rule out using constitutional powers to take away Catalonia's autonomous status if the region declares independence.

Some 90% of Catalans who voted in a disputed referendum on Oct.1 backed independence. Turn-out for the referendum was 43 percent. "I don't think it will be better at all, because they want to take the country outside the European Union and outside of Spain".

"We feel both Catalan and Spanish", Araceli Ponze, 72, said during Sunday's rally.

"We are peaceful citizens who believe in coexistence and freedom".

"We will apply what the law says".

Separatists' roadmap for independence consists of a declaration of independence followed by a series of legislative steps and votes to set up a new state, which could take months.

They waved Spanish and Catalan flags and carried banners saying "Together we are stronger" and "Catalonia is 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. Apart from these aspects, which have historically fed into the independence movement, residents of Barcelona say they pay exorbitant taxes to Madrid and don't receive their worth back in services.

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