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The Latest: Catalan official backs talks in secession spat

18 Octubre 2017, 09:38 | Fidele Alvizo

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption Europe correspondent Gavin Lee looks to the past for the origins of the Catalan crisis

Media playback is unsupported on your device                  Media caption Europe correspondent Gavin Lee looks to the past for the origins of the Catalan crisis

A Madrid judge on Monday provisionally jailed Jordi Sanchez and Jordi Cuixart, the leaders of grassroots organizations Catalan National Assembly and Omnium Cultural.

In a speech to the Catalan Parliament on October 10, Puigdemont said that he was declaring independence but was suspending the declaration to pursue negotiations with Madrid.

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's conservative government has threatened to take over some or all of Catalonia's regional powers if separatist authorities don't fall in line by Thursday morning.

And the UK suggests that its trade arrangements with the EU can be unique and bespoke after it quits the bloc, but reports suggest that London is preparing for a "no deal" Brexit as the rest of the EU looks unwilling to bend its rules.

A woman on her balcony beats a pot protesting for the National Court decision to imprison civil society leaders without bails in Barcelona, Spain, Monday Oct. 16, 2017. Many opponents of independence boycotted the vote, reducing turnout to around 43 percent of eligible voters. Madrid said the referendum was illegal and refused to recognize its results.

This move followed the October 6 decree by the Spanish government, aimed at facilitating the procedures for changing the companies' legal addresses from Catalonia to other regions.

This second, definitive three-day period for Mr Puigdemont to bring his declaration of independence out of its current state of limbo is required by the Spanish Constitution before article 155 can be enforced.

Joan Folch lived in France for 24 years and moved back in September because of the political situation. The garden was built as a memorial for the victims of the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas.

A court spokesman said Josep Lluis Trapero's passport would be withdrawn and he would not be able to leave Spain while the investigation continues. "Our offer for dialogue is sincere despite everything that has happened".

Prosecutors say that the Sanchez and Cuixart played central roles in orchestrating pro-independence protests that last month trapped national police inside a Barcelona building and destroyed their vehicles.

Spain has repeatedly said it's unwilling to sit down with Puigdemont if calls for independence are on the table.

Though it represents about a fifth of Spanish gross domestic product, Catalonia is deeply indebted to Madrid and cannot borrow internationally. The ruling states that during parliamentary process of law, Parlament incurred "in very serious bankruptcies of legislative procedure", which affected " formation of will of House, rights of minorities and fundamental rights "Of all citizens to participate in public affairs through representatives".

The Spanish government is lowering the country's economic growth forecast for 2018 from 2.6 to 2.3 percent, blaming the political uncertainty in Catalonia for the slowdown.

Images of police dragging people, some of whom had bloody faces, from voting stations and firing rubber bullets into the crowds dominated the headlines.



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