On October 27, Catalonia’s regional parliament declared its independence from Spain. Members of parliament approved a motion saying they are establishing an independent Catalan Republic with 70 votes in favor, 10 against and two blank ballots.
The motion called for beginning an independence process. This includes drafting Catalonia’s new top laws and opening negotiations “on equal footing” with Spanish authorities to establish cooperation.
“Today the parliament fulfilled the long-desired and fought-for step … in the days ahead we must keep to our values of pacifism and dignity. It’s in our, in your hands, to build the republic,” Catalan President Carles Puigdemont said after the vote.
The Federal Governemnt of Spain reacted with approving Article 155 of Spain’s 1978 Constitution suspending home rule in Catalonia.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy the Catalan parliament’s vote “illegal” and a “delinquent act.”
Now, the Spanish government will likely attempt to impose own rule in Catalonia by force.