Defiant Catalans Vow to Declare Independence Despite Spain Refusal
Following more than two million votes in favour of Secession, it looks like Catalonia will declare independence from Spain on Monday, according to government officials in the region.
After holding a banned referendum, the development will push the European Union nation toward a rupture that threatens the foundations of its young democracy.
Catalan President Carles Puigdemont said he favored mediation to find a way out of the crisis but that Spain’s central government had rejected this. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s government responded by calling on Catalonia to “return to the path of law” first before any negotiations.
Mireia Boya, a Catalan lawmaker from the pro-independence Popular Unity Candidacy (CUP) party, said a declaration of independence would follow a parliamentary session on Monday to evaluate the results of the Oct. 1 vote to break away.