What is next for the Catalan separatists?

Spain says it is going to take away Catalonia's autonomy as region's leader ignores a deadline to abandon secession plans.

A special cabinet meeting is due on Saturday to trigger Article 155 of the Spanish constitution. It allows government leaders in Madrid to take "all measures necessary" to prevent an autonomous region from breaking the law.

Article 155 has never been applied before so its consequences are not clear.

The options include removing the Catalan leadership, taking control of the police force and calling a snap regional election.

Catalonia's President has threatened to declare independence in the regional parliament, if government leaders in Madrid don't hold talks.

Carles Puidgemont claims widespread support - 90 percent in last month's referendum voted to secede. But voter turn-out was just over 40 percent with secession opponents boycotting the referendum.

So how will Madrid impose its will?

Presenter: James Bays

Guests: Albert Royo - Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia.

Paul Whiteway - Independent Diplomat non-profit advisory group.

Eduard Roig - Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Barcelona.

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