Is Catalonia Unilateral Independence Being Derailed?

Is Catalonia Unilateral Independence Being Derailed?

Is Catalonia Unilateral Independence Being Derailed?

The vote has not benefited from the guarantees usually required (electoral commission, assessors, electoral lists, public, secret ballot, etc.), making it unlikely the recognition by the 28 independence of Catalonia proclaimed on this basis.

Mario Vargas Llosa, the Peruvian-born author known for his right-wing views, is attending the rally and has denounced Catalan independence, calling it a nationalist movement that will bring down Spain. The "Yes" side won with 90 percent with less than half the electorate polled.

Casting doubt on the validity of the vote, she described Spain as a "great democracy" and pointed to the "particularly" high level of devolution its regions already enjoyed. "We're open individuals, citizens of the world", said Maribel Villalba.

Catalan leaders came under intense domestic and global pressure on Monday to halt plans to break away from Spain after the region's president repeated his threat to declare independence and the government warned it would act to block it.

The Prime Minister also said he planned to keep extra police deployed to Catalonia before the referendum until the crisis was over. Spanish police, ordered to prevent the referendum, clashed with voters and supporters, and Catalan officials said over 900 people were injured.

Nathalie Loiseau, France's European affairs minister, argued: "If there were to be a declaration of independence, it would be unilateral, and it would not be recognised". Puigdemont himself hinted at the declaration Sunday night to Catalan TV3, but he remained vague.

Catalan President Carles Puigdemont is expected to address the regional Parliament on Tuesday as there was no sign of a compromise with Madrid. Rajoy has said the central government could take direct control of Catalonia, which now has a measure of autonomy.

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In an interview with German newspaper Die Welt this morning, the Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy insisted the country would not be divided.

Saturday saw water management company SGAB announce the relocation of its legal headquarters to Madrid, Friday saw Gas Natural Fenosa announce the same decision adding that this could be a temporary measure due to the political situation of uncertainty Catalonia is going through.

"There are millions of people who have voted, who want to decide".

The Catalan government had previously said it would declare independence within 48 hours of a yes vote in the referendum.

Catalonia accounts for almost a fifth of Spain's economy, and leads all regions in producing 25% of the country's exports, CNNMoney reports.

Most recent polls showed that Catalonia's 7.5m residents were roughly split down the middle over secession. He said this includes the use of Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution, which would allow 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".

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