In a last-ditch attempt to bring Catalonia back under control European Union officials have warned quitting Spain would also mean quitting the bloc.
He said: “Someone needs to tell the Catalan people the truth. If you contest the law to abandon Spain you also need to know that you abandon the EU.”
European Commission’s First Vice President Frans Timmermans said: “It’s time to talk”.
But he warned: “The constitutions of all our member states must be respected.”
Catalonia government announce that it is ready to “implement the decision of the people” on Monday.