The Spanish prime minister has rejected any offer of mediation to resolve the crisis over Catalonia’s independence push. Mariano Rajoy says there is no possible mediation between “democratic law AND disobedience and unlawfulness”.

He added that Catalan authorities have broken the law by holding the referendum on October the first.

The Spanish premier also accused Catalan leaders of inciting street protests to give an appearance of legitimacy to the vote.

Rajoy was addressing the Spanish parliament, a day after Catalan officials signed what they called a declaration of independence from Spain.

The Spanish prime minister has vowed to do everything in his power to prevent Catalan independence.