7:06 p.m. Opposition and separatist MPs, along with the Speaker, Carme Forcadell, have now returned to the chamber.

The session in the Catalan Parliament at which First Minister Carles Puigdemont is expected to declare some kind of independence from Spain was suddenly delayed minutes after it was due to have begun.

TV3 reported the delay was at Mr. Puigdemont's request.

Opposition group MPs had already entered the chamber. Separatist MPs and the Speaker, Carme Forcadell, had not.

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