>> A day after hundreds of thousand of pro Spain unionists protested in Barcelona, the Spanish government and Catalonians shown no signs of compromise. Following the band referendum on the regions independence held at the start of the month, Spain fears that Catalan parliament will vote to break away on Tuesday when it's leader Carles Puigdemont is due to address the assembly.
Bomb disposal officers were seen examining the area outside the Catalan regional government building on Monday as tension simmers. Losing Catalonia, which has its own language and culture, is almost unthinkable for Madrid and Spain's deputy prime minster said on Monday, the government will act on any independence declaration. If this gentleman declares unilateral independence, we will have to take measures and that decision will be made by the government of Spain.
We would try to have other groups join us but that declaration will have a response. Puigdemont under mounting pressure to rethink. The leader of the country's socialist party has already said he will back Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Catalonia. And neighbor France, has said it won't recognizes a unilateral independence declaration.
Economic pressure is also rising on the pro independence camp. A stream of Catalonia based firms, including it's two largest banks, have moved their legal bases outside the region. And the boards of three more companies were meeting on Monday, to discuss doing the same.