Política 03-10-2017

Despite the king's warning, Catalonia is moving towards independence

The Junts Pel Yes and CUP parties, which have a majority in the Catalan parliament, called for a plenary meeting on Monday to discuss a declaration of unilateral independence from Spain, La Vanguardia newspaper reported Wednesday.

The Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont, has scheduled a public appearance during the day, after declaring Tuesday to the BBC that Parliament would declare independence unilaterally "in a matter of days."

The intervention would take place after King Philip VI issued a harsh message against the Catalan leaders in a statement to the country in which he supported the Government of Spain and said that the State will act to comply with the law.

The unauthorized secessionist referendum on Sunday and the disputed police action ordered by the central government gave wings to the independence movement and tightened positions for a possible negotiation, despite appeals from the international community.

In the extraordinary statement on Tuesday, the king opened the door to the application of Article 155 of the Constitution, which allows drastic measures to protect the general interest if a region breaches its obligations or acts against it. "It is the responsibility of the legitimate powers of the State to ensure the constitutional order and the normal functioning of institutions, the rule of law and self-government of Catalonia based on the Constitution and the Statute of Autonomy," said the King at the Palace of the Zarzuela in a hard speech in which he did not mention the word "dialogue".