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Spanish government issues fresh threat to Catalan separatists

12-10-2017


Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has threatened to remove Catalonia's regional autonomy after an emergency cabinet meeting to discuss how to respond to Catalan separatists signing an independence declaration. 

In a televised address, he asked the region's leader Carles Puigdemont to clarify whether independence had already been declared - before the Spanish government decides how to react. 

Mr Puigdemont has insisted Catalans have earned the right to independence but that separatists would delay implementing it for several weeks to give dialogue with Madrid a chance.