Catalan Deputy First Minister Oriol Junqueras (Esquerra, ERC) told the Associated Press on Wednesday evening that the Spanish government had left Catalonia “no other option” but to proclaim a new republic.

Mr. Junqueras told the AP he was commenting as leader of his party, Republican Catalan Left, not as a member of the regional government.

First Minister Carles Puigdemont has called a meeting of his regional executive and governing party MPs for 7 p.m., after it was reported that party, Junts Pel Sí ("Together For Yes") had agreed earlier in the evening to ask Mr. Puigdemont to decla...