Mariano Rajoy says he ‘would like the threat of an independence declaration to be withdrawn as quickly as possible’

Spain’s prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, has refused to dismiss the idea of suspending Catalonia’s regional autonomy if its leaders continue to threaten a declaration of independence.

“I don’t rule out anything,” Rajoy told daily newspaper El Pais on Sunday when asked about applying the constitutional provision that allows the suspension. “But I must do things at the proper time … I would like the threat of an independence declaration to be withdrawn as quickly as possible.”

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