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Rajoy rejects Catalan independence after separatists' election win

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By Euronews  with Reuters
Rajoy rejects Catalan independence after separatists' election win

<p>Spain’s Prime Minister has ruled out independence talks for Catalonia after separatist parties won an absolute majority in Sunday’s regional elections</p> <p>Mariano Rajoy says he is willing to work with the next Catalan government on a wide range of issues but Spanish unity is not one of them. </p> <p>“What I’m ready to do, as I’ve always said, is listen and talk. But I’m not ready, under any circumstances, to get rid of the law,” Rajoy told reporters.</p> <p>Spain’s constitution does not allow any region to break away so the prospect remains highly hypothetical. </p> <p>But having secured 72 out of 135 seats in Catalonia’s parliament, Artur Mas, head of the main secessionist group said the results couldn’t be ignored: “One thing’s undeniably clear for everyone; whether you’re Junts pel Si (Together for Yes) or the <span class="caps">CUP</span> (Popular Unity Candidacy); This election was a big contest about one issue – independence or not. And the result was a clear victory for the yes camp,” said Mas, who is also Artur Mas, head of the Catalan regional government: </p> <p>However, signs of a split within the separatist movement have swiftly emerged.</p> <p>The head of the smaller leftist <span class="caps">CUP</span> says the result are not a clear mandate for independence as the separatist movement failed to win more than 50 percent of the vote.</p>