• Catalonia’s parliament passes defiant resolution calling for independence
• Constitutional Court expected to rule within week, stage set for showdown
The regional parliament of Catalonia has voted 72-63 to pass a resolution calling for independence from Spain and declaring that the Spanish autonomous region’s yet-to-be-named next President and executive branch should ignore any rulings or injunctions from Spain’s Constitutional Court and obey only laws passed by the Catalan parliament.
The resolution also called for new laws to be passed by the Catalan parliament within 30 days that would create a new Catalan constitution and new treasury and healthcare departments that would essentially takeover all healthcare and taxation and government spending activities, which are currently under the jurisdiction of the Spanish national government.
Spain’s conservative Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is expected to file a request for an injunction immediately with the country’s Constitutional Court and a ruling is expected by the end of the week. It is expected that the court will issue an injunction against the resolution and against any actions taken by Catalan government or elected representatives to comply with the resolution. The court also has within its power to suspend from office any Catalan government official who does not comply with the court’s ruling.