Catalonia separatist supporters wave flags outside parliament
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Madrid opposed to Catalonia independence referendum

The Spanish government in Madrid have said a referendum in Catalonia would be illegal under the national constitution.

They have stated they would "take any measure possible" to prevent such a vote taking place, including suspending the powers of the Catalan regional government.

Catalan President Artur Mas has praised the referendum in Scotland and said it was "right" for a similar vote to take place in Catalonia.

Tom Burridge reports.

  • 19 Sep 2014
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