Vote emphatic shout for independence
FINAL results from Catalonia’s outlawed independence referendum show 90 per cent of voters backed the region breaking away from Spain, the Catalan Government said.
A count from last Sunday’s vote published online shows 2,044,038 of the 2,286,217 voters wanted independence, with a turnout of 43 per cent.
The Speaker of Catalonia’s regional parliament has called a Tuesday evening session where the separatist regional leader will answer questions on the situation.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy rejected negotiations on secession.
Spain’s Constitutional Court had suspended a Catalan parliament meeting set for tomorrow.
Spain braced for more protests yesterday despite signs the sides may be defusing the crisis after Madrid offered a first apology to Catalans injured by police.
Catalan leaders had threatened to declare independence unilaterally.
The Government said Catalonia should hold a regional election to settle the crisis.