Spain's State Prosecutor Says Detention of Catalan President Possible

Basque leader urges Madrid to allow independence votes

"The bigger risk to the Euro is unlikely to come from Germany, but instead could come from Spain where the Catalan region is planning to hold an illegal referendum on independence on 1st October", says Kathleen Brooks, research director at City Index.

They remain determined to hold the vote, saying the regional assembly in Barcelona will declare independence within 48 hours of a "yes" victory.

It is cracking down on organizers by threatening them with prosecution.

During a joint news conference on Tuesday with Donald Trump in Washington, Mr Rajoy said the referendum was "creating tensions" and the matter needed to be resolved.

The Spanish interior ministry said the order to note the details of officials was given to police by the top state prosecutor in Catalonia.

Grassroots groups driving Catalonia's independence movement say they have started distributing one million ballots to be used in a referendum on secession that the Spanish government has vowed to stop.

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has said the referendum is against the law and the constitutional court has ordered it be halted while its legality is determined.

Another 85 sites are in the process of being closed, judicial sources said.

The website of the foundation of former Spanish dictator Francisco Franco "remains operational" but not the referendum websites, said Catalan government spokesman Jordi Turull.

Faced with these actions, the separatist leaders of this wealthy northeastern region of Spain, home to around 7.5 million people, have accused Madrid of "repression".

Thus far, the risks associated with the Catalonia referendum have been low-key with little angst being seen on currency markets. He said Puigdemont could also be arrested for misuse of public funds as the crime carries a jail sentence.

Spain's democratic constitution of 1978, which was approved by more than 90 percent of Catalan voters, gave wide autonomy to the regions but affirmed "the indissoluble unity of the Spanish nation".

He also announced that the crisis would delay the national budget but ruled out fresh elections.

Spain has deplyed two-thirds of its riot police to Catalonia, some 2,000 officers, for the referendum, according to daily newspaper El Pais.

Many had not yet received information about where or when they would be working after the state-run postal service was ordered to stop all mail related to the vote, a parliamentary spokeswoman for one separatist party said.

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