Catalonia's leader Artur Mas vows to "build a new country", in a pro-independence New Year speech.
The President of Spain's Catalonia region, Artur Mas, has signalled his determination to hold a referendum on independence, in a New Year message.
Mr Mas has formed a pro-independence coalition since winning an early election last month. But Madrid says a referendum would have no legal force.
In his televised message Mr Mas said a majority of Catalans "want to build a new country".
"We are now facing transcendental pages in our history," he said.