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Britain worried by violence in Catalonia but says vote was not constitutional: Johnson
October 1, 2017 / 6:11 PM / 20 days ago

Britain worried by violence in Catalonia but says vote was not constitutional: Johnson

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) - Britain is worried by violence during a banned referendum in Spain’s northeastern region of Catalonia but sees the vote as unconstitutional, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Sunday.

Spanish Civil Guard officers break through a door at a polling station for the banned independence referendum where Catalan President Carles Puigdemont was supposed to vote in Sant Julia de Ramis, Spain October 1, 2017. REUTERS/Juan Medina

“We are obviously worried by any violence but clearly the referendum, as I understand it, is not constitutional so a balance needs to be struck,” Johnson told Reuters. “We hope very much that things will calm down.”

Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; editing by Kate Holton

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