The head of European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, said on Thursday in an interview with the Spanish radio station Cadena Cope that no country in Europe will recognize Catalonia's independence from Spain, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
"The Catalan leadership should not declare independence because no one is interested in its independence, no one in Europe will recognize an independent Catalonia. No one will help Catalonia’s leadership if it goes along this path, " Taiani said.
Taiani also stressed that the question of Catalonia’s independence is a Spanish, and not a European problem. Taiani called for settling disputes between Madrid and Barcelona on the basis of laws and constitution of the country.
As it was reported ealier on Sunday, October 8, thousands of people attended a rally in Barcelona, protesting against the independence of Catalonia from Spain. Protesters gathered in the central square of the city, holding in their hands Spanish and Catalan flags. Demonstrators chanted "Catalonia is Spain" and urged to detain the president of Catalonia Carles Puigdemont.
Earlier, referendum on the withdrawal from Spain was held in Catalonia. 2.26 million out of 5.31 million Catalan voters took part in it. On the day of voting, there were clashes between law enforcers and supporters of the referendum, about 900 people were injured.
King of Spain did not recognize the referendum on independence, and the Catalan leader accused the King of Spain of "ignoring millions." Later, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said that his government could use constitutional powers to end the autonomy of Catalonia to prevent the region from seceding from Spain.
The division of the region is not recognized either by Madrid or the European Union. Ukraine also considers the referendum in Catalonia illegitimate.