Catalonia declared independence from Spain amid tourism crisis

Published on : Saturday, October 28, 2017

Catalonia declared sovereignty as Spanish government imposes the direct ruleAs there is a massive political tension which decline the tourism to Spain’s one of the richest place, Catalonia declared independence as Madrid imposes the direct rule.



The Catalan regional parliament has voted to announce the political and administrative independence from Spain.



Most of the members of parliament in Catalonia approved the move amid an opposition boycott.




Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy had told senators that the direct rule of Catalonia was needed to reestablish the law, democracy and stability to Catalonia. This political crisis began earlier this month when Catalonia held a contentious referendum on independence. The tourism to Catalonia has drooping by 15% in the two weeks since the region’s controversial referendum on independence.



As of industry experts, Catalonia welcomed about 18 million visitors last year. Here the tourism account for about 12 percent of the region’s GDP, where the industry and trade as the other main contributors. More than 400,000 people in Catalonia depend on the tourist industry for employment.



But this political crisis declined the tourism here. The Catalan government said that of the 43 percent of potential voters who took part, 90% were in favour of independence.



But Constitutional Court of Spain had ruled the vote illegal. A motion declaring independence was approved on Friday with 70 in favour, 10 against, and two abstentions in the 135-seat chamber. The measure calls for the transfer of legal powers from Spain to an independent Catalonia. But the Spanish Constitutional Court is willing to declare the declaration of independence as illegal, while the US, UK, Germany and France all expressed support for Spanish unity.




The European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said the Commission doesn’t want any more disintegration. The Catalan President Carles Puigdemont has called for the supporters to continue the momentum in a peaceful manner and urged not to turn violent.



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