March 18 2018

Catalan Leader Puts off to Tuesday Parliament Appearance Over Referendum

March 18 2018, 05:09 | Van Peters

Catalan Leader Puts off to Tuesday Parliament Appearance Over Referendum

Catalan Leader Puts off to Tuesday Parliament Appearance Over Referendum

It is unclear how widespread Vila's moderate position is inside the Catalan government, which is being pressured by separatist grassroots groups and the far-left party CUP to declare independence soon.

The Catalan government minister Santi Vila, a close ally of the regional president, Carles Puigdemont, said his side might consider a "ceasefire" in the dispute.

Asked directly if the session would take place on Monday, he replied: "Parliament will discuss; parliament will meet".

The Catalan has said on Wednesday that his government was about to declare the independence of this region of Spain is probably, "at the end of the week". The son of Andalusian parents, he sees the open wounds created by the current political situation.

Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has put off until Tuesday an appearance in the regional parliament, a government spokesman said Friday.

The announcement comes a day after Spain's Constitutional Court ordered the suspension of the session which was scheduled to begin on Monday.

Also injured, and 33 police officers.

The final results from the wealthy northeastern region showed 90 percent of the 2.3 million people who voted backed independence.

Changing where they are legally registered would save Catalan companies from dropping out of the eurozone if the region did break from Spain, allowing them to retain access to European Central Bank financing.

There have been several claims of irregularities, and many ballot boxes were seized by Spanish police.

National Court judge Carmen Lamela summoned the Catalan officials as part of an investigation into possible sedition, which is punishable by eight to 15 years in prison under Spanish law.

"I came to protest because I feel very Spanish and I was saddened by recent events", said Rosa Buras, 47, who was wearing a shirt with the writing "Catalonia, we love you", in Madrid.

A mass meeting for reconciliation is also being held in Barcelona in Saint James' Square, where the Palace of the Generalitat of Catalonia (the Catalan government) and Barcelona's City Hall are located.

"The Constitutional Court is forbidding a parliament to debate without there being anything on the agenda, they are making a preventive ban so that parliament does not speak". "They are causing alarm and uncertainty, and that is the worst thing that can happen in the business world", he told a news conference.

The Guardia Civil submitted an official accusation against the Mossos.

Banks are free to move their legal headquarters within a country, but would need various approvals if they wanted to move across national borders.

On Thursday, Sabadell, a major bank, chose to transfer its legally registered base from Barcelona to the south-eastern Spanish city of Alicante.

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