Catalans begin campaigning for independence referendum

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Catalonia Begins Independence Campaign as Spanish Government Threatens Crackdown

"Our willingness for dialogue has been, is and will be permanent", y conclude, despite fact that government of catalonia maintains all preparations for referendum and provides for independence express if you win or.

"Due to the situation of manifest illegality in Catalonia, [the government] has established a mechanism of payment to guarantee public services to the Catalans", Montoro said at a press conference.

But Catalonia's pro-independence government has said that the referendum, which is planned for 1 October, will go ahead.

The Association of Municipalities for Independence has written to hundreds of Catalan officials assuring them that they are doing nothing wrong in helping to run the ballot, despite such actions defying Spain's constitutional court.

This new system will allow the Spanish state to "replace the region for the majority of essential spending", he added.

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The move comes just days after one million Catalans marched in Barcelona calling for independence.

Also on Friday, the government passed measures to gain more control over how the regional administration spends its money in a bid to stop it from using state cash to pay for the ballot.

"British companies are wary of any political instability..." She also warned that facilitating the vote could be considered illegal.

They were promptly rejected with government spokesman Inigo Mendez de Vigo telling reporters: "It's ironic coming from those who have refused dialogue save for a very specific issue - the only one they care about - the independence referendum".

Catalonia's governor and the mayor of its biggest city Barcelona appealed to Spain's premier and king on Friday for dialogue to resolve the region's increasingly bitter tussle with Madrid.

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Police have been directed to arrest the mayors should they fail to answer the summons, according to the official letter sent to local authorities.

Rajoy will meet members of his conservative Popular Party in the evening as tensions mount over Catalan plans to hold the banned vote on October 1 in a region sharply divided over whether they want independence or not.

The prosecutor's office ordered 712 mayors in Catalonia who have backed the vote to be summoned to court as official suspects in the criminal probe.

Commenting for the first time on the political crisis, Spain's King Felipe VI said people should respect Spain's constitution, which forbids secession.

The letter accused the Spanish state of "an unprecedented repression offensive".

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Spain's Constitutional Court suspended a referendum law that was fast-tracked through Catalonia's regional parliament last week.

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