Catalonia will declare independence from Spain in a matter of days, the leader of the autonomous region has told the BBC.
In his first interview since a disputed vote on Sunday, Carles Puigdemont said his government would “act at the end of this week or the beginning of next”.
Meanwhile, Spain’s King Felipe VI said the vote’s organisers had put themselves “outside the law”.
He said the situation in Spain was “extremely serious”, calling for unity.
Tensions between Spain and the north-eastern Catalonia region continue to mount, days after the vote was marred by violence involving national police.
This must be shaking up the EU. France has its Corsican problem not to mention the prospect of “autonomous” Islamic regions. Belgium is barely a country, Italy’s north desires to remove the millstone of the south and what of the Grand Duchy of Fenwick?