George Galloway has said Catalonia's call for independence is fuelled entirely by selfishness and greed.
The Spanish government is set to impose direct rule over Catalonia, although it appears that Catalan President Carles Puigdemont is likely to keep pushing for a unilateral declaration of independence. Earlier this month violent clashes broke out between the public and police when Catalonia tried to hold a referendum on the matter.
The talkRADIO presenter said: "I've never met a good Catalan argument for breaking up Spain. It is an ideology fuelled entirely in my opinion by selfishness and greed."
However he admitted "the Spanish government has done everything possible to make reconciliation with those who wish independence in Catalonia simply impossible. They have done everything wrong.
"They ought to have said you can have as many referenda as you like, it won’t make any difference, you already signed up for a constitution in Spain which declares unequivocally that Spain is indivisible."
Galloway added: "The constitution has not been changed. Instead of doing that they seized ballot papers, seized election material, sent in the Guardia Civil with all the echoes that that has of the long decades of Spanish fascist dictatorship and they thugged their way through the referendum."
He believes now "there won't be order, there will be hundreds of thousands of people, maybe millions, contesting Spanish authority every step of the way."
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