Prime minister meeting cabinet to set out specific powers to be removed from region after independence referendum

The Spanish government is set to take unprecedented steps to seize powers from Catalonia’s separatist government after Madrid won backing from the king and the EU in its battle to keep the country together.

The prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, was meeting his cabinet at 10am (9am BST) on Saturday to set out the specific powers that will be removed from the wealthy north-east region, which enjoys wide autonomy, including control over its own policing, education and healthcare.

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