Rajoy Reiterates Catalonia Can’t Unilaterally Hold Referendum

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has reiterated that Catalonia cannot hold a referendum to decide on seceding from Spain without this being done by the people of Spain as a whole.

In a statement to the media in response to the claim by the former President of the Regional Government of Catalonia, Artur Mas, that a referendum will be held in Catalonia, Rajoy said that “no Spaniard can be deprived of his right to decide on what he wants his country to be,” and that Spain, “is what all the Spanish people say and not what just some people say.”

“The political leaders who have set this ball rolling which, in all honesty, leads nowhere, are well aware of this,” Rajoy added.

Rajoy reiterated his offer of dialogue and understanding to the Regional Government of Catalonia, but underlined that, “I am not prepared to open up the unity of Spain to anyone and I am not going to neither eliminate our national sovereignty nor do away with the equality of the Spanish people, because the Constitution and the law do not allow this and because I don’t want to.”

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