Candidatura d'Unitat Popular (CUP) Deputy Leader Benet Salellas said that Catalonia must be able to speak with Spain as «equals», when addressing journalists at the Parliament of Catalonia in Barcelona, on Monday. The press conference was held on the eve of a landmark meeting with the Spanish government, in which Salellas is set to lay out a Unilateral Independence Declaration (DUI) for Catalan... Еще independence. Salellas said that after having won the vote, it was time to “apply the results” to be declared as the “Catalan Republic”. He added that there is “a certain silence about how tomorrow will develop”, due to fears that the Constitutional Tribunal would hear news from the press conference and then cancel the debate within Parliament. “We need to declare independence to be on the same political level as the Spanish State to be able to negotiate a friendly break up, the financial assets, the debt... and all the decisions we actually need to take”, the Deputy CUP leader said. “This negotiation, mediated or not, can only be done in an equality context that right now is not happening.» The Catalan referendum was deemed 'illegal' and 'unconstitutional' by the Spanish government, who sent thousands of police officers to shut down polling stations leading to clashes. Hundreds of injuries were reported by Catalan authorities over the course of October 1. Catalonia’s president Carles Puigdemont is expected to announce the results of the referendum to the Catalan Parliament on Tuesday 10th October.