The Catalan independentists intend to proclaim their independence. “This is unacceptable, unacceptable and irresponsible,” these are the very firm words of the King of Spain. Felipe VI spoke on Tuesday night to condemn the executive of Catalonia which he accuses to endanger the stability of all Spain while recalling that the powers of the state are responsible for the constitutional order of the country. In Catalonia, the message was very badly received.
The reaction of the Catalan authorities to the king’s message is silence. The Catalan government has not commented on the very hard speech of Felipe VI towards its independence policy.
The head of the Catalan Executive contented himself with retwittering messages on Twitter, notably that of the leader of Podemos, Pablo Iglesias, in which he assures himself not to recognize himself in the message of the king.
In the streets of Barcelona, on the other hand, the reactions were very noisy, a concert of pans during the speech and a severe criticism against the king for not having evoked the possibility of opening a window of dialogue.
Determination of separatists
But this discourse seems to be unlikely to change the agenda of the independence movement. The representatives of the parliamentary groups have planned to meet today to analyze the results of the referendum. Once the results are officially presented, the government has 48 hours to declare independence.
The date of the plenary session where this polemical unilateral declaration of independence should be adopted could be set for the end of this week or next Monday.
For its part, the central government of Rajoy plans to discuss the situation in Catalonia in the Chamber of Deputies of Madrid, but not before next Tuesday. In the meantime, the Catalan crisis can still take new turns.