Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy hints at moves towards a so-called ''nuclear option'' that would suspend Catalonia's autonomy if an agreement can't be reached with the region. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Wednesday (October 11) took the first step towards activating article 155 of the Spanish constitution, a so-called nuclear option that would allow him to suspend Catalonia's political autonomy and take over the region. "The cabinet has agreed to formally require the Catalan government to confirm whether it has declared independence," Rajoy said in a televised address. This formal requirement is needed to trigger article 155, though the constitution does not establish any specific time frame for the answer.