Catalan parliament defies Spain
CATALAN secessionists are working towards a unilateral declaration of independence from Spain that could be adopted next week in defiance of a court order and economic pressure from Madrid.
After Spain’s Constitutional Court suspended a session of the Catalan regional parliament set for Monday, which had been expected to endorse an independence declaration, the parliament said the re- gion’s pro-independence leader, Carles Puigdemont, would address the assembly at 6pm local time on Tuesday.
Madrid apologised for the first time yesterday for police violence in trying to hinder a weekend referendum it had declared illegal.
That crackdown raised the temperature of a confrontation that has grown into Spain’s worst political crisis in decades.
A Catalan legislator was quoted by El Mundo newspaper as saying secessionist parties in the Catalan parliament were discussing an independence declaration to be submitted to the assembly next Tuesday.
The stakes are high for the eurozone’s fourth-largest economy. Catalonia is the source of a huge chunk of its tax revenue and hosts multinationals from carmaker Volkswagen to drugs firm AstraZeneca.