Catalonia’s regional parliament, controlled by a pro-independence coalition, put off a key step last week towards the regional government’s plans for an illegal referendum on 1 October to break away from Spain. The delay means a direct confrontation with central government and the courts is avoided for the time being.
The ‘Parlament’ had been due to put on its list of daily business the processing of the regional law calling for the referendum, with national politicians and media on tenterhooks to see what would happen. Admitting the passage of the law is the first irreversible legal defiance of national government, as up to now all moves on the illegal referendum have been mere political statements.
However, the day’s business didn’t list the law, as people had been expecting, nor was it inserted at the last minute during the day. There are only 43 days left before the planned referendum and the Catalonian government is, for the moment, keeping everyone in suspense about its plans.