Catalan Independence Vote Changes Nothing for Union — EU President Tusk

29 Octobre, 2017, 01:50 | Auteur: Lynn Cook
  • A woman holds a sign reading 'I teach critical thinking' during a teachers' demonstration in Barcelona organised by the group MUCE titled 'Do not touch our education' against a power takeover

"We constitute the Catalan Republic, as an independent and sovereign country, under the rule of law", said the preamble to the resolution, read by Speaker Carme Forcadell.

What is Catalonia and crisis surrounding the region? The referendum was illegal. "The state will react". But public rebukes to the Catalan government play well with the very many Spaniards who feel outraged by its actions.

Separatists say the move means they no longer fall under Spanish jurisdiction. "The imposition of direct rule cannot be the solution and should be of concern to democrats everywhere".

How united are Catalans in the push for independence?

Carles Puigdemont said in a brief statement that appeared to be pre-recorded that "we will continue working to build a free country".

The Catalan leader has been sacked by Madrid and parliament has been dissolved.

Pro-independence Catalan celebrate outside the Parliament after lawmakers voted to declare the region's independence from Spain. Putting emphasis on the message in his songs in Catalan and Spanish, Serrat has spoken out in favor of peaceful debate in the current Catalan conflict.

The UK government said it did not recognise the declaration of independence by Catalonia. In addition, the head of the regional police force, the Mossos d'Esquadra, was cashiered. "A lot of people have told us that they are learning Catalan with our songs", band member Roger Padilla said in an interview with Madrid's El Mundo newspaper.

EU President Donald Tusk insisted Madrid "remains our only interlocutor" in Spain.

Juncker said the EU wants "to respect the Spanish constitutional and legal order".

What are the latest developments?

"Twenty-eight is enough for now".

Spain's shaky economy is likely to take a hit from the chaos.

This is unclear at the moment.

In a tweet soon after the results were announced, Rajoy called for "tranquility" in the Catalan region and promised "the rule of law will restore legality". All Catalonia embassies around the world have been closed.

On Friday, lawmakers in the northeastern region of Catalonia passed a declaration of independence in the regional parliament.

Spain fired Catalonia's regional leaders on Saturday morning.

"Today's declaration of independence came about only after repeated calls for dialogue were refused", she added.

This follows yesterday's dismissal of Catalonia's president, his deputy, all ministers, and the entire parliament.

Not long after the Catalan parliamentary ballot, the Senate approved Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's request to use Article 155, known as the "nuclear option".

There was no immediate response from the top Catalan officials.

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