Catalan independence would not be recognised, says France

Catalan independence would not be recognised, says France

Catalan independence would not be recognised, says France

Madrid on Friday meanwhile apologised for the first time for police use of violence in trying to hinder a weekend referendum it had declared illegal, soothing financial market jitters.

"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".

Mario Vargas Llosa, the Peruvian writer and 2010 Nobel Prize victor, participated in the massive demonstration that took place in Barcelona last week against Catalonia's push for independence from Spain. As for Spain's hard-left Podemos party, its leader Pablo Iglesias was roundly booed by some 50 pro-unity demonstrators when he was spotted at Barcelona Sants railway station early yesterday morning - catching a train for Madrid.

Mr Cascado's comments have prompted a furious reaction from some supporters of Catalan independence.

"We believe that we know what the Spanish people are thinking".

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

Catalans wake up on Tuesday to what could be a momentous day in their history as the world waits to see whether the region will proclaim its independence from Spain.

"The declaration of independence, that we don't call a "unilateral" declaration of independence, is foreseen in the referendum law as an application of the results".

The French government said on Monday that it would not recognize an independent Catalonia, and that independence would result in automatic expulsion from the European Union.

The slogan for the demonstration - organised by the Societat Civil Catalana, the main anti-independence group in Catalonia - was: "Enough, let's recover good sense!"

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Monday issued a warning to the country's would-be breakaway region of Catalonia, saying Madrid would prevent any move toward independence.

Salellas says that Tuesday's parliamentary session in Barcelona will be an "act of sovereignty" in which "a political subject called Catalonia decides to self-determine and declare itself a republic".

Marta Gimenez, a recent law school graduate who works for a major Spanish bank, said that the secessionists keep talking about how Catalonia is oppressed.

While a declaration of independence is not certain, the separatist coalition government in Catalonia is fiercely debating the next steps towards independence after winning the region's controversial vote for secession.

Doubting the legitimacy of the vote, Nathalie Loiseau has described Spain as a "great democracy" and pointed to the current high level of autonomy of the regions of the country. It is home to 7.5 million people and accounts for about a fifth of Spain's economy.

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