Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy set the deadline of 10:00 local time for Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont to offer a definitive answer on the independence question, and called on him to “act sensibly”.

The Spanish Government is looking to carry out this threat under its Article 155 of its 1978 constitution.

The article says: “If a self-governing community does not fulfil the obligations imposed upon it by the constitution or other laws, or acts in a way that is seriously prejudicial to the general interest of Spain, the government… may… take all measures necessary to compel the community to meet said obligations, or to protect the above-mentioned general interest.”

Calling for a snap election, taking over the regions finances and assuming Policing duties are likely ways the Spanish Government would employ to keep the region under its control.

After the deadline passed and the Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont did not report to the Government on its stand over independence of the region, the resolve was made.

However many across Europe are watching with bated breaths as the tension in Spain mounts increasingly for boths sides of the divide.

Earlier in the month October 1, citizens of Catalonia took to the polls to answer the question, if they would want to be a republic?”

The exercise was marred by Spanish Police storming polling centers resulted in a 92% ”Yes” vote.

In a letter to the Spanish Prime Minister Rajoy this morning, Puigdemont said that he is standing by his ‘suspended’ declaration of independence.

Puigdemont said: “If the central government persists in preventing dialogue and continuing repression, Catalonia’s parliament could proceed, if it considers it timely, to vote for a formal declaration of independence that it didn’t vote for on October 10.”