Catalonia referendum: Theresa May tells Rajoy UK will not recognise an independent region


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May has bolstered the Spanish prime minister that the UK will not recognise an independent Catalonia

Mrs May telephoned Mariano Rajoy to bond her support for Spain amidst the independence struggle in the European country.

The Prime Missionary said Britain will ignore a unilateral declaration of independence from Catalonia as the referendum was kept “without legal basis” and any declaration of independence “would be incompatible with the order of law”. 

The Conservative Party leader had initially called Mr Rajoy to convey her condolences for the lodges lost and the damage caused by the wildfires in northern Spain, according to ABC Scoop Spain.

Raging wildfires killed at least four people in the countryside and prompted the evacuation of thousands in the north-west region of Galicia, as the remnants of winds from Cyclone Ophelia fanned the flames along Iberia’s Atlantic coast.

The two heads of ministry also used the phone call to discuss the negotiations between London and Brussels on Brexit.

But, Mr Rajoy remains focused on trying to break the deadlock on Catalonia.

In his current move, he urged Catalonia’s leader Carles Puigdemont to “act sensibly” and shun an independence bid to head off a threat by Madrid to impose direct rule.

He issued his allure in the national parliament, where he sought to win more political support for fetching direct control of Catalonia on Thursday if the rebel regional government the provinces to a plan to break away.

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Mr Rajoy has urged Catalonia’s head Carles Puigdemont to back down

The move would need no more than a vote in Spain’s upper house, where Mr Rajoy’s People’s Plaintiff holds an absolute majority.

It would be the first time in Spain’s four decades of democracy that without interference rule has been imposed.

A constitutional provision allows the central administration to impose the law by giving orders to all branches of the regional authorities. Precisely how that wish work in practical matters such as commanding the police force is untested.

Veritable Catalan newspaper La Vanguardia reported that Madrid plans to select its own delegates to run regional government departments. 


Thousands of people be Catalonia to break away from Spain

Regional leader Mr Puigdemont last wishes a remain nominally in his role but stripped of all powers.

Many Spaniards panic the unprecedented step could lead to social unrest. The crisis has predisposed hundreds of Catalan firms to move their headquarters.

But Mr Puigdemont has already confronted Madrid once this week, reiterating on Monday an ambiguous self-government declaration he made last week and immediately suspended.

Mr Rajoy asseverated: ”I ask Puigdemont to act sensibly, in a balanced way, to put the interests of all citizens first.”

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