CATALONIA is set to declare immediate independence from Spain if Madrid fails to hold talks with separatist leaders.
After a huge Yes victory during a polling day marred by police brutality, Catalonia initially signed a letter declaring independence before immediately suspending it.
Spain has since refused to entertain independence talks despite huge protests calling for peaceful discussion.
And today Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont said the regional parliament could vote on a formal declaration of independence from Spain if the central government failed to hold talks.
Welcome to the trigger for World War III. If Spain starts talks it agrees that nation is in the wrong and Catalonia will declare independence in a couple of years. If Spain ignores talks Catalonia will declare independence in a couple of weeks. If Spain does any kind of military action it will prove it's in the wrong and will trigger the US, European Union and possibly the UN to intercede.
There is only one safe option: Spain agree to let Catalonia succeed but with agreement of providing military protection and infrastructure maintence. That way Spain keeps some of their tax revenue and it claws into Catalonia. Catalonia gets to keep its money and gains back most of autonomy.