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Lawmakers bring independence declaration to Catalan parliament floor

They intend to vote on motion with measures to legitimize Catalan state immediately

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27 October 2017 01:06 PM

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ACN | Barcelona

Everything is set for Catalan lawmakers to vote on independence today in Parliament. Pro-independence groups brought to the floor in the morning a motion with the declaration of independence which was symbolically signed by MPs two weeks ago. "WE HEREBY CONSTITUTE the Catalan Republic as an independent, sovereign, legal,  democratic, socially-conscious state," the text reads. 

The text also includes a series of measures which would immediately put the new state into effect, including the enforcement and the issuing of official Catalan documents, as well as the ability to request Catalan documentation.

However, the opposition will not take it lying down, but plan to use all parliamentary resources in order to prevent the vote from taking place. The session was due to start at noon but it has already been delayed because opposition parties have asked the parliament bureau to reconsider allowing a vote on independence. 

 

  • "WE HEREBY CONSTITUTE the Catalan Republic as an independent, sovereign, legal,  democratic, socially-conscious state"

    Junts pel Sí and CUP motion

Declaration of independence in a motion

Ruling Junts pel Sí coalition and far-left CUP party intend to vote on the motion which includes, in its preamble, the declaration of independence. The text also contains several measures to be enforced by the executive in order to create the new state effective immediately, including “establishing the regulations that define the procedure to acquire Catalan nationality” and “presenting the necessary decrees for issuing Catalan nationality”. The motion also asks the government to agree on a dual nationality treaty with Spain and to seek the recognition of the Catalan Republic from “all countries and institutions.”

Immediate measures after independence

The motion also urges the government to subrogate contracts applying to Catalonia, to integrate public servants working for the Spanish administration in the Catalan Republic, to identify which international treaties are still applicable in Catalonia, and to launch the mechanisms to create Catalan authorities for the borders, social security and tax office. Making a list of Spanish-owned goods in Catalonia and proposing a distribution of assets and liabilities with Spain are also some of the measures in the motion. Junts pel Sí and CUP have also brought to floor another motion in order to start a constituent process in Catalonia.

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  • Catalan president Carles Puigdemont with his wife arriving at Parliament on Oct 27 (by ACN)

  • Catalan president Carles Puigdemont with his wife arriving at Parliament on Oct 27 (by ACN)