Madrid demanded that Catalonia clarify the question of independence
MADRID, 11 Dec — RIA Novosti. The Spanish government has demanded from the authorities of Catalonia to explain whether they proclaimed the independence of the autonomy, said Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.
If autonomy were in favor of secession from Spain, Madrid intends to use article 155 of the Constitution, and partly to deprive the government of Catalonia.
“Thus, we want to give confidence to the citizens,” he added.
According to him, the response of the Generalitat will determine the decision that the government will take in the coming days.
The head of the Generalitat de Carles Pujdeme signed the Declaration of independence of Catalonia. He said that the outcome of the referendum, which took place the first of October, give the right to announce the creation of an independent state. He proposed to suspend the proclamation of independence, to start a dialogue with Madrid.
The referendum is not recognized by the Spanish authorities. In some areas there were clashes between police and voters, there are victims on both sides. According to the Catalan authorities, for independence voted 90,18%, the turnout was 43,03%.