Catalan To Declare Independence on Tuesday

Oct 10, 2017

The president of the Catalan region in Spain expects to declare some form of independence from Spain on Tuesday. After the vote, the president of Catalan said, “My government, in the next few days will send the results of today’s vote to the Catalan parliament, where the sovereignty of our people lies, so that it can act in accordance with the law of the referendum.” Catalans voted for independence on October 1. The election was marred by violence as Spanish government authorities beat voters in an effort to dissuade them from voting. Spanish Prime Minister Rajoy declared, ‘Spain will not be divided and the national unity will be preserved. We will do everything that legislation allows us to ensure this. We will prevent this independence from taking place.” Spain’s deputy prime minister said, “if they declare independence, there will be decisions to restore the law and democracy.” The French government said that it will not recognize and independent Catalan. The Catalan region would also not have any place within the European Union if it follows through on its decision to separate from Spain. Catalan’s economy is 20 percent of Spain’s national economy and accounts for a quarter of Spain’s exports. Taxpayers in the region also pay 21 percent of the nation’s taxes.