Spain rejects Catalonia independence poll
on 14/09/2013 20:23:47
In a written reply, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy told Artur Mas, leader of the economically powerful region, "the ties that bind us together cannot be undone without enormous cost" and that the two politicians should hold talks instead.
Rajoy's answer today officially rebuffs the pro-separatist request Mr Mas made in July. Spain's constitution says only the central government can call a referendum.
More than one million people showed support for Catalan independence on Wednesday by joining hands to form a 400-km human chain across the region.
Polls indicate about half of Catalonia's 7.5 million inhabitants favour independence.