News ID: 202109
Published: 0614 GMT October 10, 2017

Catalonia on the brink (Video)

Catalonia on the brink (Video)

Catalonia’s regional parliament where leader Carles Puigdemont is due to address local MPs for the first time since a referendum provoked a political stand-off with the Spanish government.

Madrid fears he will call on the assembly for a unilateral declaration of independence. It was after all what he originally promised if his secessionist campaign won, reported.

In an interview last week he told reporters that he will carry out what was planned in the referendum legislation.

But in Barcelona, Catalonia’s capital, Mayor Ada Colau has advised against proclaiming independence on the basis of disputed referendum results.

“In today’s context the results from October 1 (referendum) cannot serve as a reason to declare independence. But constitute an opportunity to open a dialogue with international mediation.”
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