"The declaration of independence, that we don't call a'unilateral' declaration of independence, is foreseen in the referendum law as an application of the results. We will apply what the law says," Puigdemont says in the program on Catalonia's TV3, according to excerpts on the broadcaster's website.
Any declaration of independence by Catalonia will have no effect, Spanish Prime Minister Marian Rajoy has warned, adding that he is not ruling out suspending the region's autonomy. In an interview with El Pais newspaper, Mr Rajoy also rejected any mediation to resolve the crisis. Earlier, thousands of people rallied across the country for Spanish unity. The demonstrations were in response to last Sunday's disputed referendum on Catalan independence. The final results from the wealthy north-eastern region showed 90% of the 2.3 million people who voted backed independence.
BARCELONA, Spain – Catalonia's government will hold a closed-door Cabinet meeting to discuss the next steps in its plan to declare independence from Spain following a disputed referendum marred by violence. Regional officials say the vote, which Spain insists is illegal and invalid, shows that a majority favor secession. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, meanwhile, meets with ruling party leaders before seeking a parliamentary session to discuss how to confront the country's most serious crisis in decades. Catalonia said preliminary poll results showed 90 percent favored independence after under half the electorate voted in a day that saw around 850 people injured in clashes with police.