Catalan independence declaration will have no effect: Spanish PM

Catalan independence declaration will have no effect: Spanish PM

The October 1 vote has been followed by mass protests of Catalans angered by police violence as authorities tried to stop the vote and, more recently, by others in Catalonia and Madrid urging the unity of Spain.

"However, uncertainty over Catalonia will continue in the near to medium term". "It's going to cost them".

Spanish stocks rebounded 0.5 percent on Monday, out-performing broader European share markets, while the euro was a tad firmer. They sang and danced and smiled.

"What is happening in Catalonia is real, whether they like it or not".

"Never again should we see an European Union state turn with violence against their own people".

"The European Commission should consider formal steps to investigate and hold the Spanish Government to account. As a matter of worldwide law, the disproportionate use of force is not lawful, and what happened on the streets of Catalonia was not lawful".

Rajoy's deputy, Soraya Saenz de Santamaria, also warned that Spain would act decisively if there was any independence declaration.

"We feel both Catalan and Spanish", Araceli Ponze, 72, said during Sunday's rally.

"But secondly, the people of Catalonia should be able to decide their own future. Does it make you happy to remind our defenceless people of it?".

"This crisis needs to be resolved through dialogue at all levels of Spanish politics".

"If independence is declared, and proclaimed unilaterally, it will not be recognized [by France]", Loiseau said in an interview with the French CNews broadcaster.

Catalan President Carles Puigdemont is expected to address the regional Parliament on Tuesday as there was no sign of a compromise with Madrid. "We will apply what the law says", Puigdemont says in the programme on Catalonia's TV3, according to excerpts on the broadcaster's website.

Tension is building throughout Spain on Monday, with less than 24 hours from a possible declaration of independence from the Catalan government.

In a manifesto read at the end of the demonstration, there were demands that non-nationalist Catalans "should not be marginalised" and Mr Vargas Llosa launched a stinging attack on the nationalists, accusing their leaders, amongst them regional premier Carles Puigdemont, of being golpistas - conspirators in a coup d'etat. Catalan MP Marta Pascal told the BBC on Sunday that there will instead be a "symbolic statement".

Puigdemont is set to appear in the parliament of Catalonia on Tuesday after Monday meeting was suspended by the Spanish Constitutional Court.

"We want Catalonia to become the cultural capital of Spain as it was when I came to live here", the writer said during his speech, and recalled moments in which he lived in the Catalan capital during the 1970s.