MADRID (Sputnik) — On November 9, the Parliament of Catalonia passed a resolution to begin the process of seceding from Spain. The initiative was backed by 72 votes in the 135-seat parliament.
On Wednesday, the Catalan parliament supported the conclusions of a parliamentary commission created to study the process of secession. The conclusions included the points of secession terms and a referendum on a new regional constitution.
Later that day, acting Spanish Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria announced that the Spanish government would file a lawsuit to the constitutional court. Earlier on Friday, the Spanish government's meeting took place in Madrid and has reached a decision to proceed with the lawsuit to the constitutional court, agreeing on the lawsuit's text.
"Of course, we will follow. We will follow the decision of the Catalan parliament, fulfilling the obligation to our people and building the free, modern and prosperous state," Puigdemont wrote on his Twitter page.
Obeirem, i tant que sí. Obeirem el Parlament, complirem el compromís amb els ciutadans i bastirem un Estat lliure, modern i pròsper.— Carles Puigdemont (@KRLS) August 1, 2016
Catalonia has long sought independence from Spain, but the Spanish government has repeatedly declined the region’s quest for independence, saying it would violate the country’s constitution.