Catalan police warn of public disorder if polling stations are closed on referendum day

The Catalan government has vowed to press ahead with Sùnday’s plebiscite despite a crackdown by Madrid which wants to prevent a vote deemed ùnconstitùtional by the coùrts.

The referendum has deeply divided the wealthy northeastern region which is home to some 7.5 million people and accounts for about a fifth of Spain’s economy.