Did Catalonia Declare Independence Last Night? What’s Going To Happen Next?
Last night Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont, finally made his statement to the Parliament of Catalonia and he said two things. Firstly, that as a result of the referendum Catalonia has the right to become a sovereign state but that the effects of a declaration of independence would be suspended for a few weeks to allow time for dialogue and mediation. I think the Spain are going to treat this as a declaration of independence and react repressively while the international community will turn a blind eye. The way forward won’t be easy but Catalonia is now closer to real independence than it was 24 hours ago.
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