The statement of Mariano Rajoy, Prime Minister of Kingdom of Spain is awaited at 18:00 European time, after a day of consultations.
Spain’s prime minister has put Catalonia on notice that it could impose direct rule on the region. Mariano Rajoy said his government had asked the regional government to clarify whether or not it had declared independence.
The move is the first step towards suspending Catalonia’s autonomy under the Constitution of Spain.
Mr Rajoy accused Catalan President Carles Puigdemont of having created “deliberate confusion” and said he wanted to restore “certainty”.
“This call – ahead of any of the measures that the government may adopt under Article 155 of our Constitution – seeks to offer citizens the clarity and security that a question of such importance requires,” Mr Rajoy said.
“There is an urgent need to put an end to the situation that Catalonia is going through – to return it to safety, tranquillity and calm and to do that as quickly as possible.”