Barcelona—Everyone saw it coming.

Failing to respond to Madrid’s ultimatum, Catalonia is set to lose its autonomy.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy will meet his cabinet on Saturday to decide which measures of Article 155 will be enforced.  Rajoy is attending an EU meeting in Brussels, and that’s why the cabinet won’t meet today.

But, the fact that the meeting won’t happen till Saturday may suggest that Madrid is offering a last chance to Catalan President Carles Puigdemont to answer if the independence declaration is valid.