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What’s next for Catalonia as the region declares independence?




People holding Esteladas (Pro-independence Catalan flag) gather outside the Catalan parliament in Barcelona on October 27, 2017.
People holding Esteladas (Pro-independence Catalan flag) gather outside the Catalan parliament in Barcelona on October 27, 2017.
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After a disputed independence vote earlier this month, the Catalan regional parliament declared independence from Spain.

As reported by The Washington Post, just minutes after the parliament vote on Friday, the Spanish Senate authorized Madrid’s central government to have power over Catalonia. This tug-of-war is causing a constitutional dilemma for the region. The BBC reported that 90 percent of people who potentially voted in this month’s referendum were in favor of Catalonia’s independence.

But there has been confusion since Spain’s Constitutional Court ruled the vote illegal. And as Britain plans its exit from the European Union, there is rising uncertainty about what Catalan independence will mean for stability in Western Europe. Larry speaks to a reporter on the ground in Barcelona today, to learn more about the future of Catalonia.

Guest:

William Booth, London bureau chief for the Washington Post; he’s following the story in Barcelona