Theresa May's announcement to resign as British prime minister on June 7 sparks a flurry of reactions.
Catalonia's deposed separatist leader Carles Puigdemont said his region's independence drive should "slow down" to avoid unrest as Madrid imposes direct rule on Catalonia.
It is the first apology by a Madrid government official in Catalonia over the clashes and could be seen as a conciliatory gesture to Catalan leaders who plan a unilateral declaration of independence of the region from Spain.
The central government in Madrid is staunchly against the vote, which has been ruled unconstitutional by the courts, and has used all legal tools at its disposal to stop it from taking place.
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