Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy told parliament the Spanish constitution isn't an ''eternal law'' and can be modified, but only through the rules set out in it. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy ruled out dialogue over independence on Wednesday (October 11) saying it is not possible to accept "the unilateral imposition of a point of view that is unacceptable to one of the parties." Speaking at the Spanish National Parliament, Rajoy said "there is no possible mediation between democratic law and defiance or illegality," but left the door open for constitutional reform. Earlier on Wednesday, the Prime Minister took the first step towards suspending Catalonia's political autonomy and ruling the region directly to thwart a push for independence. He demanded that the regional government clarify whether it now considered itself independent following a speech by Catalan president Carles Puigdemont on Tuesday night (October 10). This requirement is a necessary step before triggering Article 155 of the constitution, which would allow Madrid to suspend the region's political autonomy. Rajoy's move could deepen the confrontation between Madrid and Catalonia but it also signals a way out of Spain's biggest political crisis since a failed military coup in 1981.