Catalan parliament declares independence from Spain

Members voting in the Catalan parliament

THE Catalan parliament has voted in an anonymous ballot to declare independence.

After a last minute motion to vote anonymously to avoid “a repressive response” from the central government, the result was 70 yesses 10 noes and two abstained.

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Members of Ciudadanos and the Partido Popular left the room and refused to vote.

The events come as a seperate debate in Madrid was taking place, where Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy told senators direct rule was needed to return “law, democracy and stability” to Catalonia.

In a tweet moments after the vote, he called for Spaniards to “remain calm.

“The State of Law will restore order in Cataluña.” 

A Cabinet meeting has been called for 6pm today (Friday).

Here is the moment the Catalan parliament vote result was announced. 


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