Catalan crisis: Regional MPs debate Spain takeover bid
October 26, 2017 4:48 pm
Backers and opponents of independence in Catalonia have clashed in parliament over the way forward as the Spanish government is set to reassert control.
The debate came a day before Spain’s Senate is expected to approve a plan to curtail some of the region’s autonomous powers following October’s referendum.
These include removing leader Carles Puigdemont and curtailing the parliament’s powers.
It was decided under Article 155 of the constitution, which allows direct rule.
Mr Puigdemont declared independence after the 1 October referendum, which was ruled illegal by Spain’s Constitutional Court. But the Catalan leader immediately suspended implementation, calling for talks.
The Catalan government said that of the 43% who took part in the referendum, 90% were in favour of independence.