In contrast, Scotland's SNP government said that it 'respects and understands' Catalonia's vote for independence, and said Catalans 'must have the ability to determine their own future'.
Spain's top prosecutor has warned that those responsible for the vote could face treason charges and up to 25 years in jail, with arrests planned for as early as Monday.
We believe it is urgent to listen to Catalan citizens, to all of them, so that they can decide their future and nobody can act outside the law on their behalf.''Today, the Catalonia parliament has approved something that in the opinion of a large majority of people not only goes against the law but is a criminal act.'The announcement was met with jeers and whistles outside the government palace in Barcelona, where thousands have been celebrating the independence declaration.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy tonight sacked the Catalan government along with the region's police chief and ordered elections for December 21 after a special Cabinet meeting to discuss his response to the crisis The government and Spain's Constitutional Court have both said the secession bid was illegal, and after Friday's independence vote, Rajoy said it was a move that 'not only goes against the law but is a criminal act' The declaration of independence was criticised by world leaders including Theresa May, who tonight said Britain 'will not recognise' Catalan independence as it was based on an 'illegal' vote.
Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy sacked Catalonia's government including regional president Carles Puigdemont and his deputy Oriol Junqueras and assumed direct control over the region.