Parliament: ‘Catalonia is a sovereign entity’

  • Historic vote paves the way for a referendum on independence

23.01.2013 - 21:01

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Catalan parliament on Wednesday passed with a two-third majority a resolution stating that Catalonia is a sovereign entity, paving the way for a referendum on independence from Spain. The proposal was carried by 85 votes in favor, with 41 against and two abstentions. The key part of the declaration reads: “The people of Catalonia have, by reason of democratic legitimacy, the character of a sovereign political and legal entity.”

The motion has been backed by the ruling Convergència i Unió party (a coalition of Christian Democrats and Liberals) the Republican Left (Left leaning opposition leaders) and ICV-EUiA (former communists and Greens). One of the members of the anti-capitalist CUP also voted Yes, while two others not.

The declaration has been opposed by the conservative Popular Party (PP), which holds an absolute majority in Madrid´s parliament, and by the opposition Socialists. But one of every four socialists MPs refused to vote against the Declaration opening a major crisis inside the party.

The next step for Catalonia in the referendum process will be to form a National Transition Council which will conduct research and advise on the route towards independence.

Polls show an overwhelming majority in Catalonia want a referendum on independence, highlighting increasing dissatisfaction with Spain’s government as it struggles with economic crisis. A survey last November by the Catalan government’s polling center showed 57% of Catalans would vote for independence, a 6 percentage-point increase from last June and a 14 percentage-point increase from mid-2011.

referendum has been rejected by Madrid, which says it would be against the constitution, introduced in 1978 to underpin Spain’s transition to democracy after the death of dictator Francisco Franco.


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