Spain gives Catalan leader 5 days to clarify independence

12 October, 2017, 00:50 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • Catalan regional President Carles Puigdemont signs an independence declaration document after a parliamentary session in Barcelona

However, if Madrid imposes direct rule on Catalonia that could lead to further protests on the streets of Barcelona and to renewed declines in Spanish stocks and bonds.

"The cabinet has agreed to require formally to the Catalan government to confirm whether it has declared or not independence", Rajoy said in a televised address on Wednesday as cited by Reuters.

Tusk stressed that a couple of days ago, he asked Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to look for a solution to the problem without the use of force as the force of arguments is always better than the argument of force and today he appealed Catalonia's leader Puidgemont to step back from announcing the independence.

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has vowed to do everything in his power to prevent Catalan independence following a banned referendum in the region, which remains deeply divided over splitting from Spain.

On Wednesday, a government source who refused to be named said "all options" were on the table as crisis talks were under way.

Expectations before Catalan president Carles Puigdemont's appearance in the regional parliament on Tuesday were enormous, and he has faced severe pressure in recent days.

If the answer is yes, he is likely to invoke Article 155 of the Spanish constitution, enabling Madrid to suspend Catalonia's political autonomy.

But Spain's political establishment rounded on Puigdemont following his declaration, and support among separatists in Catalonia was mixed.

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Catalonia pressed ahead with an independence referendum on October 1 that the central government said breached Spain's constitution.

"There is no mediation possible between democratic law and disobedience, illegality", he told parliament.

Puigdemont said on Tuesday that millions of Catalans believe that the region should become an independent state and asked for the mandate to declare it a sovereign state.

He accused Mr Puigdemont of having created "deliberate confusion" and said he wanted to restore "certainty".

"We call on global states and organisations to recognise the Catalan republic as an independent and sovereign state", he said.

The crisis has caused deep uncertainty for businesses in one of the wealthiest regions in the eurozone's fourth-largest economy.

Catalonia's president declared independence - but then immediately made overtures to talk.

A string of companies have already moved their legal headquarters - but not their employees - from Catalonia to other parts of the country.

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