Catalonia crisis: Officials 'won't follow orders from Madrid'
14:45, Monday, 23 October, 2017
Catalan authorities will not follow orders from the Spanish government if Madrid moves to reassert control over the region, a senior official says. Foreign affairs spokesman Raul Romeva told the BBC the central government was acting against the will of Catalans. Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has announced plans to sack the region's government and curtail some of the freedoms of its parliament. Separatist parties in Catalonia are due to discuss their plans later. The Spanish Senate is expected to approve the government's measures on Friday along with a proposal for fresh regional elections.