France will not recognise unilateral Catalan declaration - Nathalie Loiseau

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The SNP has formally condemned Spanish police violence during the recent referendum on Catalonian independence. Basically the only difference between Catalonia and Scotland is we have the mechanism [to become independent] and Catalonia doesn't have it in the constitution. This "legal position" establishes the principle according to which a State born out of secession within the EU would not automatically be considered as part of the Union.

"Even though the Scottish government is only devolved, Nicola, the moment they declare independence, should say we're with you and we recognise you".

Ramon Tremosa, an European Union lawmaker from PDeCAT, told Onda Vasca radio on Monday that Puigdemont could follow the example of Slovenia, which declared independence in 1991 following an unauthorized referendum, but waited months before enacting it.

The French European Affairs minister says France won't recognize Catalonia if it unilaterally declares independence from Spain.

The protests are a repeat of scenes witnessed in Madrid yesterday when far-right demonstrators, brandishing fascists flags and symbols, rallied in the streets against Catalan's independence movement during a massive rally in support of dialogue.

The most serious threat to Spain's national unity in decades is likely to come to a head in the coming days with attention focused on whether Catalonia will make good on its promise to declare independence - and what form that declaration may take if it comes to pass. The latest crisis has raised fears of unrest in Catalonia, a north-eastern region about the size of Belgium that is home to 7.5 million people and accounts for a fifth of Spain's economy. Local media reported many of those against independence boycotted the vote.

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Puigdemont is set to address the Catalan parliament at 5pm (UK time) on Tuesday to provide an update on "the current political situation".

"It's very clear to me that those I represent won't accept any other scenario that is not a declaration of independence and the proclamation of the Catalan Republic", Benet Salellas told The Associated Press during an interview at the regional parliament.

March organisers Societat Civil Catalana claimed 930,000 people turned out, but Barcelona police put the total at around 350,000. He says he could also suspend the region's existing autonomous status. An Interior Ministry official later apologized for the injuries but laid the blame on the Catalan government for having encouraged people to vote.

On Tuesday, Catalan parliamentarians are expected to discuss the results of the October 1 independence referendum in which over 90 percent of the over 2 million people, who participated in the vote, supported secession from Spain.

Despite the outrage, Rajoy and Spanish King Felipe VI defended the police and doubled down on their stance to take whatever measures necessary to keep Catalonia from seceding.

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