The People’s Party, the Socialists and Ciudadanos walked out. People outside Catalonia’s parliament building in support of the region’s independence bid cheered and danced after the announcement. Catalonia called on other countries and institutions to recognize it. Spains Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has called for “calm” in a tweet after the vote, but suggested that that the rule of law will be restored.
Reaction in the street
The disputed vote is likely to be declared illegal by Spain’s constitutional court. More, a spokesman with Spain’s prosecutor office affirmed that the country’s top prosecutor will seek rebellion charges for those responsible for a vote in favor of declaring an independent Catalan republic. Catalan cabinet, including President Carles Puigdemont and Vice President Oriol Junqueras and possibly members of Catalonia parliament will be tardeted. Rebellion in Spain can be punished with up to 25 years in prison. Madrid authorized now direct rule over the region, in the upper house of Spain’s parliament. A constitutional crisis will probably escalate. Immediately after the vote for independence, European Council President Donald Tusk, tweeted: “For EU nothing changes. Spain remains our only interlocutor. I hope the Spanish government favours force of argument, not argument of force.”