Unic Press UK: The Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont said he had accepted the “mandate of the people” for independence from Spain, but opted a temporary suspension of a formal declaration of independence to give the grounds for a constructive dialogue with Madrid.
In a statement on the political situation in Catalonia issued Tuesday, the 10th October 2017, Carles Puigdemont said:
“… the people have determined that Catalonia should become an independent state in the form of a republic. That is what needs to be done today, responsibly and with respect. In with the same solemnity, the Government and I myself propose that the Parliament suspends the effects of the declaration of independence so that in the coming weeks we may begin a dialogue without which it is impossible to arrive at an agreed solution. We firmly believe that this moment needs not only a de-escalation of tension but also a clear and committed willingness to advance the claims of the people of Catalonia from the results of the 1st of October. We must keep these results in mind during the period of dialogue which we are willing to open.”
President @KRLS: "We propose the suspension of the effects of the declaration of independence for a few weeks, to open a period of dialogue"
— Catalan Government (@catalangov) October 10, 2017
The prospect of a dialogue happening between Catalonia and Madrid is bleak, especially considering the position aired by of the Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy that his government will prevent Catalonia from seceding. “We are going to prevent independence from occurring… it will not happen,” Rajoy said in an interview with El País.
On 1st of October 2017, Catalonia held a referendum of self-determination, in which the people [more that ninety percent] voted massively in support of an independent State from Spain.
— Catalan Government (@catalangov) October 6, 2017