People shout slogans as they wave Catalan pro-independence 'Estelada' flags during a protest in Barcelona on Oct 2, 2017. (PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU / AFP)
BARCELONA - Catalonia's parliament will meet on Monday in defiance of a legal process to clamp down on those who want independence for the region, the Catalan head of foreign affairs said on Friday.
In a deepening standoff between those who support independence for the wealthy northeastern region and the Spanish central government, Raul Romeva told the BBC that Catalonia's regional parliament would make a decision on independence.
Parliament will discuss, parliament will meet. It will be a debate and this is important
Rual Romeva, Catalan head of foreign affairs
On Thursday, Spain's Constitutional Court suspended the session of the Catalan parliament scheduled for Monday, in which local leaders were expected to declare Catalonia's unilateral independence from Spain following a banned referendum on secession at the weekend.
The Constitutional Court previously warned Catalan parliament speaker Carme Forcadell and other members of the speakers' board that they could face prosecution for failing to halt the session.
"Parliament will discuss, parliament will meet. It will be a debate and this is important," Romeva told the BBC, after being asked what would happen on Monday. He said the crisis would be resolved with politics, not via judicial means.