On October 10 2017, Catalonia leader Carles Puigdemont declared that his people have voted for independence, but the official move and adjustments for independence have been halted.
In front of the regional parliament of Barcelona, he delivered his wishes to suspend the effect the vote of his people have done as he wishes to negotiate a with Spain before breaking away.
This news is a breakthrough, as the province of Catalonia has officially been fighting for independence since November 2014. In 2014, Catalonia’s leader was Artur Mas, who organized a referendum that voted for independence. Later on, the courts of Barcelona banned him for public office for organizing an illegal vote for independence and fined him approximately of $39,000 dollars.
Carles Puigdemont was elected as the next leader of Catalonia, yet Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has declared multiple times that if Catalonia were to vote and declare independence again, it will not happen as the votes would be illegal.
Before the vote on October 1 that would have the people of Catalan vote again for independence, Spain’s constitutional court suspended the referendum law passed by the Catalan parliament that enacted the voting, and stated that it would consider if the law breaches Spain’s constitution. Mariano Rajoy had appealed to the court to declare the referendum illegal and an “intolerable act of disobedience, and Catalan leaders assured that the voting will still take place as planned.