Published on 27 Oct 2017 Sections ,

Spain imposes direct rule over Catalonia after independence declaration

Foreign Affairs Correspondent

Huge crowds have been celebrating on the streets of Barcelona, as the Catalan parliament voted to establish an “independent and sovereign state” – a declaration met with an immediate response from Spain: direct rule. And as for Europe, a big no too,as the head of the EU parliament declared no-one in the bloc would recognise Catalan independence.