Catalonia’s president is facing mounting pressure from within the separatist movement to declare independence from Spain once and for all, after suspending the signed proclamation this week.
Catalan president Carles Puigdemont made a symbolic declaration of independence on Tuesday night, only to suspend it seconds later and call for negotiations with Madrid.
Two key allies of Puigdemont has today called on him not to waste any more time, and to ignore the Spanish government’s threats to take control of Catalonia’s regional government.
Pull off the band-aid: Allies of Catalan president Carles Puigdemont has today called on him to ignore the Spanish government’s threats to take control of Catalonia’s regional government
Spain considers the referendum to be illegal and unconstitutional, and says its results are invalid.
Spain’s prime minister Mariano Rajoy has rejected any possibility of dialogue unless Mr Puigdemont backtracks, returns ‘to legality’ and takes independence off the table.