Anti-Catalonia independence protests erupt in Barcelona

Catalonia- French minister calls for stronger EU to stop independence

Rajoy added "we will prevent this independence from taking place".

With the crisis deepening, and no sign of an end to political instability, some Catalan businesses have announced they are relocating their headquarters to other parts of Spain to avoid the possibility of getting knocked out of the European Union common market by a Catalonian secession.

Lawmakers with the Scottish National Party (SNP) have called on the Spanish Government to recognise the result of the Catalan independence referendum.

Catalan authorities say the "Yes" side won the referendum with 90 percent of the vote. Separatist politicians say there will be a declaration of independence for the northeastern region of 7.5 million during that session, although some ruling coalition lawmakers say the move could be simply "symbolic". However, there is a belief that breaking away is a long shot.

According to the Catalan government, a majority of those who took part in the illegal referendum voted for the separation of the region from Spain.

March organisers Societat Civil Catalana claimed 930,000 people turned out, but Barcelona police put the total at around 350,000.

"If there were to be a declaration of independence, it would be unilateral, and it would not be recognised", Loiseau said on CNews television. Speaking with 24 hours to go, Mr Casado said the Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, planned to avail himself of every means provided by Spanish law and the constitution to fight any declaration. Rajoy has said the central government could take direct control of Catalonia, which now has a measure of autonomy.

If the Catalans bow to pressure at the last minute and do not declare independence, Puigdemont's political survival would be in doubt. Millions of people have voted, who want to decide.

Having passed a notional deadline on Monday for when the announcement would be made, it is widely expected that Catalan president Carles Puigdemont will make a statement when he addresses the regional parliament to deliver the results of the October 1 referendum.

Ines Arrimadas, the leader of the anti-independence Catalan opposition, had earlier tweeted that demonstrators should refrain from waving fascists flags "in front of the press", but later deleted the tweet.

The region of Catalonia, home to 7.5 million people in the northeast, is crucial to Spain, which is the EU's fifth-biggest economy and a member of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

Despite the outrage, Rajoy and Spanish King Felipe VI defended the police and doubled down on their stance to take whatever measures necessary to keep Catalonia from seceding.

Taken over by France in the 17th century, many in this region nestled between the Pyrenees mountains and the Mediterranean retain close cultural links with Catalonia to the south.

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