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'I would step down if I felt independence is not possible,' says president

Quim Torra will attend some of the sessions of the referendum case trial

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24 January 2019 11:41 AM

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ACN | Barcelona

The Catalan president believes independence is feasible. In an interview with RAC1 radio station, Quim Torra said he would step down if he "felt independence is not possible."

For Torra, Catalonia is now "a declared republic which was not implemented." And the government, he said, has to work "as if we were a devolved region but aiming to become a republic."

During the interview, he also insisted that his cabinet is working to hold a referendum on self-determination agreed with Spain, although according to him, Madrid is taking no steps towards this aim.

"In the meetings we've held [with Spanish cabinet members], we've attended with proposals, while they have shown up with a blank page," he added, saying that dialogue needs to be "talking about specific things."

  • "In the meetings we've held [with Spanish cabinet members], we've attended with proposals, while they have shown up with a blank page"

    Quim Torra · Catalan president

Quim Torra explained that the vice presidents of both governments, along with the Catalan cabinet spokesperson, will sit at a table on Friday in Barcelona, as a follow-up meeting of the one held in Madrid last week.

No "trust" in Spanish judiciary

The Catalan president also announced during the interview that he will attend some of the sessions of the referendum case trial, to be held in Madrid from early February.

Torra rejected the whole judicial process, saying that he does not "trust" the Spanish judiciary.

The Catalan president said that if the jailed leaders are convicted, he will write to the Spanish leader to "express his disagreement" and present a proposal to the parliament, which he did not unveil.

He did not say if we would call a fresh election, but in any case, he made it clear that in the next Catalan vote he will not run for president.

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  • The Catalan president, Quim Torra, in a parliament session on January 23, 2019 (by Guillem Roset)

  • The Catalan president, Quim Torra, in a parliament session on January 23, 2019 (by Guillem Roset)

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