GOVERNMENT figures in Madrid are increasingly confident they have struck a huge blow to Catalan secessionists ahead of tomorrow’s vote.

Enric Millo, the central government’s representative in Catalonia, believes police were able to seal off a majority of polling stations today.

“Of the 2,315 polling stations… 1,300 have been sealed off by the Mossos d’Esquadra,” he said.

He added a further 163 of these polling stations were being “peacefully” occupied by people who will be allowed to leave but not re-enter the properties.

If these figures are correct it would be a blow to the independence movement who have sought to provide widespread access to polling stations as part of what they believe to be a legitimate referendum.

Catalans holding sit-ins at designated polling stations have refuted Millo’s claims and argue he is exaggerating figures in order to put off the electorate from voting.