Spain rejects mediation as Catalans plan to declare independence

Randolph Lopez
October 6, 2017

The leader, however, did not give any further details of a possible declaration of independence.

Judges "ordered the suspension of the plenary that has been called for Monday in the [Catalan] parliament" while it hears an appeal lodged against it, a spokeswoman said, as the court confirmed the ruling in a written statement.

There were also reports that the central government would approve a decree law on Friday to make it easier for companies to change their domicile, without calling a shareholders' meeting.

The Spanish government - under Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy - has stressed that they are open to multi-party talks between them and Catalonia to sort out any issues such as the tax deal. "But, if someone declares independence, well we'd have to tell them that they can't". Separatist leaders in Catalonia have been accused of attempting to exclude unionist parties from the proceedings.

The Spanish government responded with a statement saying that if Puigdemont wants to negotiate, "he knows perfectly what he has do beforehand: return to the path of the law, that he should never have left".

There is one area that could push Madrid into negotiations, however.

Tensions between Madrid and Barcelona have intensified since the poll, which was overwhelmingly in favour of independence but which almost 60 percent of Catalan voters boycotted.

A declaration of independence would intensify the conflict with the central government, which along with the national courts has branded the referendum illegal.

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A member of the Spanish delegation to the OSCE PA stated that the European Union is ideally suited to act as an intermediary in the row between Spain and its autonomous region of Catalonia.

But others, especially those old enough to remember Spanish dictator Gen. Francisco Franco's crackdown on separatism, said tensions have risen in recent years amid the growing animosity between Catalonia's pro-independence leaders and the Spanish government in Madrid.

"The EU has ignored a vicious assault on EU citizens in Catalonia because they had the audacity to vote", he told fellow European lawmakers in an emotionally-charged speech.

Caixabank, Spain's third-largest lender by market capitalisation, is also considering moving its legal base outside Catalonia, a source with knowledge of the situation said.

By taking a hard stance against pro-independence Catalans, he alienated many in the 7.5-million-strong region in "a very firm and very hard" manner, Romero said.

Spain's key IBEX 35 stock index plunged by more than three percent Wednesday in the ongoing turbulence, with some big Catalan banks down more than five percent.

Surprisingly, Belgium's Prime Minister Charles Michel spoke out on Monday, explicitly condemning violence, but implicitly pointing to the Spanish authorities: as the head of a coalition government with Flemish separatists, he faces his own independence threats.

The court said such a move would be "a breach of the constitution".

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