Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said today that Spain could limit or rescind Catalan autonomy if the region moves forward with its proposed secession.
The prime minister’s remarks marked the first time that Rajoy has hinted at enforcing a section of the Spanish Constitution that allows the government to assert control over its regions.
The response came after Catalan president Carles Puigdemont’s announcement yesterday that he will proceed with Catalan independence following the disputed secession referendum Catalonia held on Oct. 1. During this speech, Puigdemont also added that independence would be suspended for several weeks in order to facilitate negotiations with Spain, sparking much confusion as to whether the region is seceding at all.
Joining Larry to discuss the situation in Catalonia is the New York Times’ Patrick Kingsley.
With files from the Associated Press
Patrick Kingsley, international correspondent for the New York Times