After Catalan President Carles Puigdemont announced on Thursday that he would reject Spain’s decision to dissolve the parliament and hold snap elections, the regional parliament announced today (Friday) that it would vote to declare independence from Spain.

Will Catalonia declare independence anyway?

Will Catalonia declare independence anyway? Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Today (Friday), a Catalan parliamentary spokesman announced that the Catalan parliament will vote on the option of declaring independence from Spain. During the debate preceding the vote, representatives of the Catalan Socialist Party, the Catalan Nationalist Party and the Ciudadanos Party walked out of the plenary meeting.

Following Catalan President Carles Puigdemont’s announcements yesterday in which he initially stated he would dissolve the regional parliament and hold a snap election, only to retract the decision hour later.  According to Puigdemont, he has not received sufficient guarantees from Madrid that such an election would stop the main government from suspending the region’s autonomy.

Puigdemont added that the Catalan parliament would continue to work toward the separation from Spain in light of the October 1 independence referendum results. Meanwhile, thousands of Catalan students marched toward the parliament in Barcelona as part of a pro-independence demonstration.

Catalan President Carles Puigdemont

Catalan President Carles Puigdemont Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

As reported by JOL on Tuesday, the Catalan regional government announced it is planning to appeal in Spain’s constitutional court the decision to trigger Article 155, which suspends its autonomy. Earlier this week, Madrid began promoting a new regional election in Catalonia, hoping to oust the current Catalan leadership that pushed for the referendum.

In a recent interview with the BBC, Spain’s Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis said Catalans should ignore their regional authorities once Spain has completed the direct rule implementation.