Spain’s central government has given Catalonia a deadline to clarify whether it has declared independence or not in response to Carles Puigdemont’s speech on Tuesday following a referendum in the region.
Mr Puigdemont said the independence referendum results from Oct 1 gave his regional government a mandate to declare independence, but that he would hold off “a few weeks” to explore negotiations with Madrid.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said that his officials had asked Catalonia to clarify whether a declaration had been given, with a deadline of five days, according to local media.
If Catalonia confirms independence, Puigdement will be given another three days to rescind the declaration before Article 155 of the national constitution is triggered, according to Efe news agency.
The constitution allows Madrid to dismiss the region’s current semi-autonomy and launch direct rule on Catalonia after the three days.
Carles Puigdemont said in his address to the regional parliament and the nation on Tuesday that
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