"They proposed a referendum on something that belongs to all Spaniards, because national sovereignty, which is the ability to decide what you want for your country, is for everyone and cannot be divided". Such was Rajoy’s oft-repeated answer, by the book and with evident discomfort, after being explicitly questioned on SER radio by Spanish football coach Vicente del Bosque regarding his "inaction" in the face of the Catalan question (del Bosque also assured that the matter would have no effect on the Spanish national team).
"Instead of settling scores, not lifting one finger, and doing nothing, surely there must be some middle road?", said Del Bosque (minute 22:30 on the video) striking at Rajoy after the president reeled off his usual spiel about "defiance", obeying the law and the Constitution, and the rejection of the right to decide. And not only this, but the presenter of the sports program "El Larguero", José Ramón de la Morena, posed to him that "perhaps the people of Spain want to know what [Catalans] think", taking into account that almost two million voted for independence on 27-S: "National sovereignty cannot be split", he replied. Period.
"Otherwise we would not be a country"
Because, according to Rajoy, the "vast majority of Spaniards oppose a referendum of this nature, because whatever Spain is cannot be decided by a small part of Spain". "Otherwise, we would not be a country, but something different", he added in response to Del Bosque, who had argued for the Catalans’ right to decide their future.