- Catalonia Set to Declare INDEPENDENCE – Spain to Take ‘Nuclear Option’ – Huge Blow to EU
by JOEY MILLAR, http://www.express.co.uk/
CATALONIA is set to declare immediate independence from Spain if Madrid fails to hold talks with separatist leaders.
Catalonia held a controversial independence referendum earlier this month drawing the condemnation of leaders in Madrid and Brussels. After a huge Yes victory during a polling day marred by police brutality, Catalonia initially signed a letter declaring independence before immediately suspending it.
Spain has since refused to entertain independence talks despite huge protests calling for peaceful discussion. And today Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont said the regional parliament could vote on a formal declaration of independence from Spain if the central government failed to hold talks. He has ignored a deadline to drop Catalonia’s secession bid and instead accelerated moves for an independent state. In response Madrid said it would take extreme steps and remove the autonomy of Catalonia.