"We want a new understanding with the Spanish state".
"The king endorses the discourse and policies of the government of [prime minister Mariano] Rajoy, which has been catastrophic for Catalonia and deliberately ignore the millions of Catalans who do not think like them", Puigdemont said in a televised statement.
The European Commission is appealing for dialogue between the Spanish government in Madrid and Catalonia even if it says there is a "general consensus" that the northeastern region ignored Spanish law with its referendum.
He said: "This moment calls for mediation".
"Everything that is Spain is in danger, including its institutional make-up, and the key to the Spanish institutional make-up is the king", said Romero, who is finishing a book on the king, in power since 2014. "Each week, after every mistake, we've gained support from society", Puigdemont added.
"There is no button to push for independence, it does not exist", Puigdemont said, according to The Guardian.
Yet, while the First Vice President said Sunday's violent scenes were "saddening", he stated that "proportionate use of force" is sometimes required.
Catalonia's parliament is set to declare independence on Monday after going ahead with a banned referendum on Oct.1, while heavy-handed tactics employed by Spanish police trying to stop the ballot have been widely criticised.
Catalan authorities say around 900 people were injured and that of the almost 2.3 million votes counted, 90 percent voted in favor of an independent Catalan Republic. The Catalans seem more and more determined to separate, and Madrid is increasingly reluctant to do so.More news: EasyJet, Ryanair Stock Climb After Monarch Airlines Ceases Operations
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Separatist parties only have a slim majority of the seats in the Catalan parliament.
The border between Catalonia and the neighbouring region of Valencia cuts right through the community whose 500 residents fear the conflict between Catalan and Madrid authorities will literally split the town in two.
Last Sunday's referendum recorded a turnout of 2.2 million people - 42 per cent of the electorate - many of whom faced riot police at polling stations.
The violence we witnessed following Catalonia's referendum vote this weekend was terrifying, but it can and should be a lesson for the world about the importance of upholding the spirit of democracy and the protection of human rights. "We have to present the results of the referendum to parliament".
Ironically, the Catalan government has suggested that the European Union could be a mediator in its negotiations with Madrid.
One of Spain's biggest banks, Sabadell, is considering moving its legal headquarters out of Catalonia as the region's leaders edge close to secession from Spain.
Timmermans endorsed the legal position of Rajoy but also renewed the appeal for negotiation to find a way out of the impasse.
Tension has been on the rise since the vote was called in early September, crystallizing years of defiance by separatists in the affluent region, which contributes mightily to Spain's ailing economy.