Catalonia Parliament Votes 70-10 for Independence: Best Wishes to Catalonia, the Nation

Friday morning, the Catalan parliament voted 70-10 to declare independence from Spain. In return, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy demands direct rule. How will Rajoy accomplish that?

Vote Breakdown

  • There are 135 members in the Catalan parliament, thus 70 constitutes a majority.
  • Legislators from the opposition Socialists and Citizens party boycotted the vote.
  • Lawmakers from Mariano Rajoy's Popular party (PP) walked out after placing Spanish and Catalonia official flags in their empty seats.

Spain mulls dissolving Catalonia's parliament

Eyes now turn to Madrid for the central government's response.

The Spanish Senate is meeting on Friday to discuss the government's proposed takeover of the Catalan regional government on the grounds that it broke federal law. The measure would allow Madrid to dissolve Catalonia's parliament, depose Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and take control of its police force.

The decision is expected at about midnight local time and Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is seen likely to gain the votes to strip Catalonia of its autonomy within Spain.

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano called for calm in a tweet posted minutes after the Catalan parliament declared independence. "I ask for calm from all Spaniards. The rule of law will restore legality in Catalonia," Rajoy wrote.

Students in Barcelona Rally for Independence

Thousands of students rally in Barcelona outside the University of Barcelona and the headquarters of the government of Catalonia in support of Catalan independence and against plans by Spain's central government to curb the region's powers.

Rajoy's Next Move

Rajoy has the support he needs to demand a takeover of the Catalan government. But voting to do that and doing it are not the same thing.

Other than send in the troops, it remains to be seen how he expects to carry out his order.

Meanwhile, best wishes to Catalonia, the nation.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

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dilbert
dilbert

Only students rally in Catalonia. They have nothing to lose (that's what they think). Real people with real jobs are very worried. The reckless government of Catalonia follow the blind lemming's run, while every national and international organization are telling them to stop and talk and think. PS: By the way, I don't understand why are you so strongly in the side of Catalonia when you probably don't know much about the conflict, and absolutely nothing about the people you are supporting. Perhaps a mix of disdain for Spain and hatred towards the EU?

DBG8489
DBG8489

@dilbert

Mish probably supports them for the same reason others of us do: Everyone has the right to decide who governs them and how. I have no right to tell the Catalan people they can't choose their own government - even if I disagree with their choice for the form that government takes.

Yes that goes for Iraq, Iran, Syria...etc.

The right to choose how you are governed is a basic human right that exists with or without government. It predates it. It is not something that can be written away by a constitution or law. Especially one enacted before you were born.

To paraphrase Spooner - no generation has the right to place the next one in chains.

RDM
RDM

@DBG8489, my first thought is to agree, and I am rooting for Catalan. However, wouldn't that also mean that the Yankees should have let the Confederate States of America go without a fight? Or was that time different?

tim2
tim2

Well put, DBG8489, that's exactly my interest in all this too. In addition to that, I also see the independence movement in Catalonia as a sign of life in the world today. Most of the world seems to be politically dead, that is, not thinking and acting for itself and merely continuing along in the wheelruts of tradition, "Constitutions", "rule of law", and "international agreements" unaware that all those things were new once and the result of human actions.

Maximus_Minimus
Maximus_Minimus

Is there something in the water in the Iberian peninsula? The way Rajoy handles this crisis is reason enough to leave if there wasn't anything else.