Catalan referendum: Jeremy Corbyn urges Theresa May to intervene ‘to find political solution to the crisis’

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has urged Theresa May to appeal to the Spanish prime minister to end the police violence in Catalonia following the disputed independence referendum.

Mr Corbyn has called on the Prime Minister to intervene after a day of intense violence which has seen members of the Civil Guard firing rubber bullets on the crowds who turned out to vote in the poll which has been deemed illegal by the Constitutional Court in Madrid.

The police, who have been drafted in from other parts of Spain, have been caught on camera beating voters and throwing them downstairs as they attempt to shut down polling stations across the region.

He tweeted to condemn the violence against the Catalans as “shocking” and said the “Spanish government must act to end it now”.

He said: “I urge Theresa May to appeal directly to [Mariano] Rajoy to end police violence in Catalonia and find a political solution to this constitutional crisis”. 

The Catalan government has said over 400 people have been injured by riot police as they seek to disrupt the vote.

Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable insisted Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson should call in the Spanish ambassador and tell him that the police response was “unacceptable”.

Sir Vince said: “Police in a democracy should never drag people violently out of polling stations, whatever the arguments for or against holding a referendum.

“The police response looks to have been brutal and completely disproportionate.

“The Foreign Secretary should break off from conspiring against the Prime Minister and call in the Spanish ambassador to tell him that this is completely unacceptable.”

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon called on the Spanish government to “change course” and let people “vote peacefully” in the Catalan poll.

Ms Sturgeon expressed her concerns on Twitter, stating: “Some of the scenes in Catalonia this morning are quite shocking…

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