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Catalan MPs vote 72-63 in favour of declaration to split from Spain

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By Euronews
Catalan MPs vote 72-63 in favour of declaration to split from Spain

<p>The Catalan parliament has backed a declaration initiating the first step towards independence from Spain.</p> <p>Politicians, led by regional President Artur Mas, voted 72 to 63 in favour of a nine-point road map for complete autonomy.</p> <p>The document voted on specifies the independence process “will not depend on the decisions of Spanish institutions, most particularly the Constitutional Court.”</p> <p>In September the Spanish government increased the powers of the Court to enable the quick suspension of leaders who disobey its orders.</p> <p>Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy says his government would file an appeal with the Constitutional Court. He told a news conference this would ensure the independence declaration has “no consequences.”</p> <p>The secessionist Junts pel Si bloc and<br /> <span class="caps">CUP</span> are leading the push, which will see the basic laws for founding a sovereign state decided on within the next 30 days. </p> <p>Independentests will then seek to establish a Catalan republic within 18 months.</p>