Catalonia: No referendum for independence, Rajoy says

Premier says government knows what to do

12 July, 14:02

    (ANSAmed) - MADRID, JULY 12 - Spain's conservative premier, Mariano Rajoy, on Wednesday told reporters at the Congress of deputies that a referendum on Catalonia's independence scheduled for October 1 by Catalan separatist president, Carles Puigdemont, ''will not take place''. ''I am telling everybody: stay calm, the government knows exactly what it must do''.

    Rajoy has repeatedly described the referendum as ''illegal'' and against the Spanish constitution approved in 1978 during the transition phase between the dictatorship and democracy and has promised to halt it.

    Puigdemont continues to vow that the referendum will take place as scheduled on October 1. The decree to approve it has not been signed yet to prevent Madrid from appealing the move at the Constitutional court.

    Rajoy on Wednesday insisted that ''in no way'' he will allow the Catalan referendum to take place.

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