A split within a split: the Catalan valley sticking with Spain

Protesters congratulate Spanish policemen and decorate police vans with Spanish and Catalan flags during a demonstration called by

Rajoy added "we will prevent this independence from taking place".

The anti-independence demonstration, which included Catalans and people from other parts of Spain, underlined how the dispute has riven the region itself.

Similarly, Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of Catalonia's capital Barcelona on Sunday to express their opposition to declaring independence from Spain, showing how divided the region is on the issue.

The "Yes" side won the referendum by a landslide, winning 90 per cent of the vote, though less than half of the region's electorate cast their ballots.

"In my opinion it is more important to reach a real independent country than to declare independence", he said.

The stakes are high for both Spain and Europe if Catalonia chooses to break away.

THE SNP has further entrenched its support for the people of Catalonia in the aftermath of the embattled Catalan independence referendum with a topical resolution calling for global mediators to find an "agreed solution" to Catalonia's standoff with the Spanish Government. City police said 700,000 people joined a pro-independence protest in Barcelona two days after the vote.




"If there were to be a declaration of independence, it would be unilateral, and it would not be recognised", Loiseau said on CNews television.

"Speaking to El País, in his first in-depth newspaper interview since last Sunday's banned referendum sparked Spain's worst political crisis in 40 years, Mr Rajoy said: "(Catalan) independence is not going to happen".

He said that also includes bringing Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution into effect, which allows the central government to take control of the governance of a region "if the regional government does not comply with the obligations of the Constitution".

Mr Rajoy has repeatedly said he will not talk to Catalan leaders unless they drop plans for independence, and has refused to acknowledge it as a legitimate possibility.

The songs include "We are all Catalans", "Only one nation" and "Puigdemont in prison".

The crisis has prompted several major banks and businesses to announce they will move their headquarters out of Catalonia to other parts of Spain so they can be sure they will remain in the European Union common market. It contributes much more in taxes (21% of the country's total) than it gets back from the central government. An Interior Ministry official later apologized for the injuries but laid the blame on the Catalan government for having encouraged people to vote. The statement says a declaration of independence, even if illegal under Spanish laws, could trigger the suspension of the judiciary and ouster of its president.

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