Catalonia is Spain's richest region (Photo: Nonegraphies)

Madrid vows to block Catalonia referendum

The Spanish government on Thursday (12 December) vowed to block Catalonia from holding an independence referendum, with EU Council chief Herman Van Rompuy renewing the warning that the region would no longer be part of the EU if it split off.

"The poll will not be held," justice minister Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon told journalists, the BBC reports.

Minutes earlier, Catalonian president and pro-independence campaigner Artur Mas said parties in his region had agreed to hold the poll on ...

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