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Catalonia Will Apply Referendum Law Calling for Independence Declaration, Says Leader

10 October 2017, 12:40 | Myrtle Vega

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People raise their hands painted in white during a protest in favor of talks and dialogue in Sant Jaume square in Barcelona Spain Saturday Oct. 7 2017. Thousands are gathering at simultaneous rallies in Madrid and Barcelona in a call for dialogue amid

A group of Nobel Peace Prize winners are calling for mediation in the political deadlock between Spain and Catalonia.

Those who are opposed to Catalonia's secession hope recent pressure from banks and major businesses will discourage Catalan leaders from attempting to separate.

While in Barcelona already held a big rally with the participation of 350 thousand people to protect the integrity of Spain. Madrid has expressed concerns that the regional parliament may vote for a unilateral independence from Spain.

Two more Catalonia-based companies set board meetings for Monday to decide whether to shift their head offices out of the region.

The signs of extremism were filmed asTens of thousands of people took part in marches across Spain to oppose Catalan independence. The "hard-core elements" of the separatist movement are pressuring Puigdemont to move ahead, said Wolfgang Piccoli, co-president of Teneo Intelligence, in a note.

Mariano Rajoy has said he will not "rule out anything" when it comes to solving the constitutional crisis which has gripped the country since the referendum result last week.

"If there were to be a declaration of independence, it would be unilateral and it would not be recognized", French European Affairs Minister Nathalie Loiseau told French broadcaster CNews on Monday.

Mr Puigdemont is due to make his statement to the Catalonian Parliament at 5pm tomorrow. "I would like the threat of an independence declaration to be withdrawn as quickly as possible".

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The minister also reiterated Brussels' warning that an independent Catalonia would "automatically" be out of the European Union and have to reapply to join.

"The Spanish Government have a postion about the legality of this referendum which you're all aware of".

The regional Mossos d'Esquadra police force, whose hierarchy reports to the Catalan government, had been in charge until now of guarding the palace in central Barcelona that hosts the judiciary.

Catalan officials said that people voted overwhelmingly for secession in the ballot, which was declared illegal by the government and was marked by police violence against independence supporters. "It is up to the government to make decisions, and to do so at the right moment", Rajoy said in an interview with German newspaper Die Welt on Monday.

Meanwhile in Barcelona, the epicentre of the conflict, streets filled with anti-independence demonstrators waving Spanish and Catalan flags and carrying banners saying "Catalonia is Spain" and "Together we are stronger".

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

When asked whether this meant he would trigger Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution, which means the central government can take direct control of an autonomous region which declares independence, he said he would not "rule anything out".

"I do not know how Puigdemont will write his speech, but if he declares independence unilaterally. and the government, through the Spanish senate, has to take measures", she explained.

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