Spain's PM Rajoy asks Catalan parliament to clarify independence declaration

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By Emma Beswick
Spain's PM Rajoy asks Catalan parliament to clarify independence declaration

<p>Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy today (October 11) asked Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont for more clarity on his declaration of independence from Spain.</p> <p>He said the Spanish government was to discern “whether they (Catalan leaders) have or will make an independence declaration” before taking further measures.</p> <p>Rajoy, who spoke after an extraordinary meeting of the Spanish government in Madrid, accused Puigdemont of creating “deliberate confusion” and wanted to “avoid any confusion created yesterday by Catalan authorities”.</p> <p><em>Watch the address live here</em><br /> <iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Feuronews%2Fvideos%2F10155427686083110%2F&show_text=0&width=100%" width="560" height="315" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true" allowFullScreen="true"></iframe></p> <p>Concerning article 155, a constitutional clause which would allow Madrid to enforce direct rule, Rajoy said his government would base its response on an answer from Catalonia.</p> <p>Puigdemont yesterday made a <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2017/10/11/catalan-leaders-sign-declaration-of-independence">long-awaited speech</a> before Catalonia’s parliament announcing that he and other regional leaders had signed a declaration of independence from Spain.</p> <p>However, the move will not be implemented immediately allowing for talks with the national government in Madrid.</p> <p>Spain’s Deputy PM María Soraya Sáenz condemned the move, saying Puigdemont had “plunged Catalonia into uncertainty”.</p>