Catalan referendum: Region’s independence ‘in matter of days’

Catalonia will declare independence from Spain in a matter of days, the leader of the autonomous region has told the BBC.

In his first interview since a disputed vote on Sunday, Carles Puigdemont said his government would “act at the end of this week or the beginning of next”.

Meanwhile, Spain’s King Felipe VI said the vote’s organisers had put themselves “outside the law”.

He said the situation in Spain was “extremely serious”, calling for unity.

Tensions between Spain and the north-eastern Catalonia region continue to mount, days after the vote was marred by violence involving national police.

This must be shaking up the EU. France has its Corsican problem not to mention the prospect of “autonomous” Islamic regions. Belgium is barely a country, Italy’s north desires to remove the millstone of the south and what of the Grand Duchy of Fenwick?

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  • xavier

    Not just the Corsicans, the Breton Basques Catalans and others will demand a hellva lot more autonomy.
    This decentralization trend has been somewhat apparent since the 70s I think it’ll be positive as it’ll limit the insatiable expansion of the adminstate. Yeah the local states will still get big but they’ll have to much more responsive.

    • I think the EU will fracture.

      • xavier

        I hope so

      • Jabberwokk

        Let’s hope.

        There better off as good neighbors then one country anyway. You know. Actual diversity.

  • v65magnafan
  • deplorabledave

    from that link;

    Catalonia has always trended a lot more to the Left than the rest of Spain. And it is slowly but surely in the process of Islamization, aided and abetted by its regional government. For more than a decade the Muslim population of Catalonia has been rapidly growing, because Catalonia’s politicians have made it a prime destination for Muslim migrants and ‘refugees.’ A large part of the population, now well over 7% of Catalonia, has become radicalized (or already were) and are calling for the establishment of a Muslim state in what they still refer to by the name of their former conquest, as ‘al-Andaluz.’

    • xavier

      Cataluyna was never part of al Andaluz. Yeah it was briefly occupied but the areas was kmown as the Marca hispania and the border state.
      As for the Moslem population, the Catalans have alwzys been leery of them and really don’t like the Moroccan. Berbers are quite different and seem Ok.
      As for the refugees yeah well thete’a big divide between the elites and the deplorables as usual

    • canminuteman

      It is certainly going to be interesting.

    • jayme
  • marty_p

    They deserve a state – Spain should be divided into 2 states for 2 peoples with Madrid as a shared capital.

    • Jabberwokk

      I see what you did there. And I approve.

  • ntt1

    short pants trudeau must be aching to show solidarity with the Catalans but his handlers won’t let him make that mistake after his quebec centric gift to bombardier.