In a series of four mobile phone messages sent to the former regional health minister Toni Comín last night in Belgium, Carles Puigdemont admits the Catalan Republic is over and that the Spanish government's plan is working.

"We are seeing the last days of republican Catalonia", he wrote, adding to Mr. Comín that "I suppose you understand that this is over. Our side has sacrificed us; me, at least", suggesting statements made by Joan Tardà (ERC, Esquerra) on Sunday were correct.

In an interview with La Vanguardia, Mr. Tardà said that "If necessary, we'll have to sacrifice Puigdemont"....