Independence referendum Timeline
Catalan president Artur Mas (right) asks Madrid to negotiate a new arrangement. Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy refuses
Call for regional elections to gauge support for declaration of independence
Separatists win election, giving them a mandate to push for independence
Catalonia’s parliament adopts a resolution supporting independence December 2015 Spanish court revokes Catalonia’s bid to begin separation process
Staunch separatist Carles Puigdemont (right) chosen to head government
Former leader of Catalonia, Artur Mas , barred from public office for two years
Carles Puigdemont calls an independence referendum on October 1st.