Spain’s Prime Minister has demanded that Catalonian officials confirm whether they have broken away from Spain, in what is a move by Madrid towards disbanding the Catalonia government. If Madrid receives confirmation from Catalonia’s leaders that they have indeed separated from Spain, then Madrid has the right to trigger Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution, in turn suspending Catalonia’s political power. This now puts the Catalan President Carles Puigdemont in a tricky situation and it is expected that he will have eight days to respond.
Puigdemont request for dialogue has been rejected by Madrid who refuses to take the results of an illegitimate referendum as a starting block for discussions. Deputy Prime Minister of the Madrid government commented that “neither Mr. Puigdemont nor anyone else can claim, without returning to legality and democracy, to impose mediation… Dialogue between democrats takes place within the law.”