Catalan President Carles Puigdemont has said that he will deliver on independence vote in a keynote speech he gave to the Catalan Parliament.
However, he went on to ask parliament to suspend the result of the referendum to enable talks.
In Depth: Catalonian Independence Referendum 2017
- Hundreds of thousands protest over politicians imprisonment
- Catalan independence response to Madrid inadequate
- Rajoy warns of risk to Catalan autonomy as deadline for clarification looms
- Rajoy threatens Catalan government with suspension and regional elections
- Puigdemont defers independence as he delivers key speech to Catalonian parliament
- Hundreds of thousands take to streets calling for Spanish unity
- Government apologies to those hurt in referendum violence, whilst relocation rules relaxed
- Constitutional court blocks Catalan parliament session
- Banco de Sabadell announces move to Alicante
- Independence to be called in a week, as markets wobble in Madrid
PSOE leader Pedro Sanchez also said that he would support the government in Madrid, should any form of declaration be made.
Meanwhile the French government has said it would not recognise Catalonia as an independent state, and that any such move would mean expulsion from the EU.
Elsewhere, Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau has said the results of the independence referendum earlier this month can’t be used to declare secession.
In a statement issued yesterday she called on all sides to de-escalate tensions to solve the crisis.
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