Making his first statement since the Catalan parliament passed a new referendum law on secession from Spain yesterday, the Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, said "we saw a deplorable democratic spectacle based on a day dream", adding "they want to impose a new illegal regime".

"There will be no self-determination referendum."

Mr. Rajoy asked Spaniards to support him faced with Catalan separatist challenge: "I am aware of my duties […] I will do what I need to do". He added that he understood Spaniards' "anxieties" over the matter, but that "no one should doubt" Spain will act to defend d...