Published: Thu, September 28, 2017
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Trump says Spain should stay united, opposes secession vote

Trump says Spain should stay united, opposes secession vote

If the "yes" side wins the referendum the Catalan government has said it would declare independence within days for the wealthy northeastern region of Spain, home to about 7.5 million people.

The referendum has already been suspended as unconstitutional by the highest rung of Spanish judiciary, the Constitutional Court.

Demonstrators carried pro-independence flags and signs calling for the October 1 vote that the Spanish government calls illegal and has pledged to stop.

Catalonia's leaders retort they have a right to decide their future even if it's not allowed by the constitution.

"Stop this escalation of radicalism and disobedience once and for all", Mariano Rajoy said in a televised statement as protesters remained in the centre of the Mediterranean seaside city after a day-long demonstration that headed into the night.

The regional Catalan government says it will press ahead with the vote on Sunday in defiance of an order banning it by the...

Catalonia's chief prosecutor ordered security forces to close up buildings and guard them until Sunday's vote to avoid any ballots from being cast.

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Polls show that Catalans are sharply divided over whether they want independence, but a large majority would like a legal referendum to settle the matter.

Senior Madrid government officials said on Monday that authorities had done enough to prevent a meaningful referendum in the region as Catalonia lacked an election commission, ballots boxes, ballot papers, a transparent census and election material.

However, the Catalan government maintained on Tuesday that the vote would still take place. In recent years, the regions have been given greater political autonomy, but far from defusing the desire to break away, in this case Catalonia's parliament has put it on a crash course with the Spanish government.

Rajoy called the situation "just crazy" and said a referendum can not be held because no one in the Catalan government is organizing it.

Political analysts and most politicians believe the standoff could be resolved by a renewed dialogue between Catalan and Spanish authorities that would lead to a better tax deal and increased infrastructure spending for the region.

A vote to split could also encourage other areas to vote for independence from the European Union (EU), experts said.

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