Madrid says breakaway Catalans would lose Spain nationality

Spain’s foreign minister Wednesday warned Catalans they would lose their Spanish nationality if the region became independent and urged them against what he said would be a suicidal vote for secession. Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo raised the pressure in tense campaigning four days ahead of a regional election that Catalan leaders are framing as an indirect vote on independence. “When one leaves a country it is obvious that one abandons all the qualities that belonging to that country gives you,” Garcia-Margallo told reporters in Barcelona.

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