The Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, made a statement on Friday evening regarding the central government's response to Catalonia's declaration of independence earlier in the day.

Mr. Rajoy said the central government had sacked First Minister Carles Puigdemont, Deputy First Minister Oriol Junqueras and all of the other regional ministers in the Catalan government.

The Prime Minister also announced he had dissolved the Catalan Parliament and called regional elections for December 21: "free, legal and clean".

The central government has ordered all of Catalonia's "embassies" abr...