Former Catalan First Minister Artur Mas, Carles Puigdemont's predecessor as head of the Catalan regional government, has told the Financial Times the region is not ready for "real independence".

"We have won the right to be an independent country. The question now is how do we exercise that right, and here obviously there are decisions to be taken. And these decisions must have one objective in mind: this is not just about proclaiming independence but about actually becoming an independent country.”

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