Spain rejects talks on Catalan split
Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy has rejected calls by Catalan officials for negotiations on a referendum on the region’s independence, saying the law does not allow it. Officials in Catalonia and the region’s capital, Barcelona, asked in a letter for fresh dialogue on holding the vote with the government’s permission. “The prime minister can’t make something illegal into something legal,” said Inigo Mendez de Vigo, minister of culture. Madrid has rejected the vote planned for October 1.