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Newsnight: Former Spanish minister LASHES OUT at Catalonia after independence declaration

Catalonia Declares Independence Catalans declare independence from Spain, as central government prepares to move in
Manon Joubert | 29 Octobre, 2017, 01:54

After a day of political drama the Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy said he will dissolve the Catalan parliament and announced regional elections will be held on December 21. A large pro-unity rally is expected in Madrid on Saturday.

Spanish sovereign five-year credit default swaps (CDS) rose 2 basis points (bps) from Thursday's close to 70 bps, according to data from IHS Markit, following the announcement from the Catalonian parliament.

Seibert's comments echoed those of EU president Donald Tusk who called for calm and said that Madrid remained the bloc's "only interlocutor".

But others glumly assessed the fallout to what they viewed as a hugely damaging and illegal vote. All Catalonia embassies around the world have been closed.

But immediately after news of the vote, which three opposition parties boycotted, Spanish shares and bonds were sold off, reflecting business concern over the turmoil in the wealthy region.

It is the first time that the central government has curtailed regional autonomy since dictator Francisco Franco's repressive 1939-75 rule. The group's concerts, where hundreds of people can be seen singing to their yes-we-can anthems and poignant ballads with messages of hope for the world, are as irresistible for adults as the circus is for children (and kids love Txarango too).

How united are Catalans in the push for independence?

Andrew Dowling, a specialist in Catalan history at Cardiff University in Wales, said the statement was "vague and imprecise, certainly not like the president of a new country".

Independence supporters have warned they will resist the temporary measure, implemented under Article 155 of the constitution, devised to rein in rebel regions.

The UK government said it did not recognise the declaration of independence by Catalonia.

Hardliners in Mr Rajoy's government are urging a tough response but moderates warn that could make things worse and play into the separatists hands by making the leaders martyrs to the cause.

Spain fired Catalonia's regional leaders on Saturday morning.

Recent polls suggest a roughly 50/50 split between those people that want to remain part of the union and those that want to breakaway.

"Today's declaration of independence came about only after repeated calls for dialogue were refused", she added.

Other measures adopted by the government include the dismissal of the director of the Catalan regional police force, the Mossos d'Esquadra, as well as Catalan government representatives in Madrid and Brussels.

After Spain's central authorities made the takeover official early Saturday, Mr Puigdemont and the 12 members who until Saturday made up the Catalan Cabinet are no longer paid. " followed Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont when he left the chamber".