>> Catalonia has warned Spain's central government that it will be met with disobedience as the clock ticks toward Madrid taking full control over the wealthy region. Reuters Julien Toye is watching the dispute from Madrid.>> This morning, the chief of the Foreign Affairs Department of the region called openly on civil disobedience.
He said he was sure he was convinced that all civil servants, including the police, would keep following orders from the Catalan government and not from the central government. And a group of more than 700 municipalities, mayors in Catalunya call this morning to oppose the direct rules. So there is a big question mark actually on how it would be implemented and whether it would be followed.
>> A vote to implement direct rule is due in Spain Senate on Friday. Meaning everything from policing to tax collection will be handed to Madrid. That after Catalan's secessionist leaders declared independence following a disputed referendum at the start of October. Catalonia's Carles Puigdemont accusing Madrid on Saturday of the worst attack on Catalonia since the time of General Franco.
But despite the political war of words, the streets of Catalonia have remained calm.>> The political and economic crisis seems to be living its own life way apart from people's daily lives in the streets. The streets have remain absolutely calm, there has been a lot of protests for sure, but all of them have been extremely peaceful, attended by families and there is no sign whatsoever of violence.
>> But the political crisis has unnerved countries across Europe who fear the secessionist contagion could spread. On Sunday, two wealthy regions in Italy, Lombardy and Veneto, voted overwhelmingly for greater autonomy from Rome. All eyes therefore on what happens in Spain.>> The most likely situation now is a prolonged period of uncertainty.
You will have Catalan authorities contesting any decision from the Spanish government. The Spanish government trying to implement its decisions, referring it to the court. In short, muddy waters.