Catalonia’s ruling coalition committed to declaring independence this week
Vice-president Junqueras says Spain has left “no other option”
Catalonia’s ruling coalition is committed to declaring independence this week. Faced with plans from Madrid that could lead to Catalonia’s loss of autonomy, sources confirmed that parties’ intentions after a meeting held on Wednesday lasting more than two hours are to put into effect the results of the independence referendum held on October 1.
Members of the pro-independence Together for Yes (JxSi) decided that declaring independence is a legitimate act of self-defence when faced with the possibility of Catalonia losing self-rule, and are expected to present their proposal to Catalan president Carles Puigdemont at Thursday’s much anticipated plenary session in the Catalan Parliament.
Puigdemont, having declined to appear before the Spanish Senate to explain himself and his government’s plans, will address the Catalan Parliament on Thursday.
“We will not waste time with those who have already decided to strip Catalonia of its self-government"
Carles Puigdemont · Catalan President
“We will not waste time with those who have already decided to strip Catalonia of its self-government,” the Catalan president said.
As a cabinet meeting was called at the last minute on Wednesday evening, it still remains unclear what will happen next.
Thursday’s plenary session could last until Friday, while MPs discuss how to react to the impending threat of the application of Article 155. Thus far, the Catalan government has not revealed what its plans are.
On Wednesday the Spanish Parliament struggled to agree on what to do should Puigdemont call early elections, which a few days ago had been a guarantee to avoid the loss of Catalonia’s self-rule but now this is not so certain.
Meanwhile, vice-president Oriol Junqueras believes that the Spanish government has left “no other option” but to declare independence.