Prime Minister of Spain Mariano Rajoy said his government could use constitutional authority to cease the autonomy of Catalonia and not let the region separate from Spain, as he said in an interview for El Pais.
“Spain will not be divided, and the national unity will be preserved. I don’t exclude anything that’s permitted by law. We need to do everything in time, what is most important now. In the best-case scenario, there shouldn’t be a need to make extreme decisions… I want the threat of the independence referendum to be lifted as soon as possible,” Rajoy said.
As it was reported earlier, a referendum on Catalonia independence was held on October 1, at the backdrop of clashes with the police, in which three people died, and more than 460 were injured. That very day, hundreds of people went to a demonstration against the referendum in Catalonia and in support of Spain's unity in Madrid.