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    Spain's interim Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy gives a press conference at the Spanish parliament in Madrid

    Spanish PM Rajoy Holds Press Conference in Brussels

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    "We have reached a critical point," Rajoy told journalists at the press conference adding that they "have tried by all means to avoid a difficult situation. But it is difficult for a country and the EU government to see how the rule of law is being liquidated, the prime minister added.

    Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy also said that he would announce on Saturday measures to impose direct rule on Catalonia over its bid to break away from Spain.

    Rajoy added the measures, based on a never-before-used article of Spain's 1978 constitution, would have backing from the main opposition Socialist party, and centrist group Ciudadanos.

    Speaking about the future of the European community Rajoy said that it is important to reforn financial system.

    "We was informed about the progress which was made in the Brezit negotiations. We discussed this very important issue. First priority will be the rights of the citizens," Rajoy said.

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