Catalan Parliament Votes to Start the Independence Process
Acting President of Catalonia Artur Mas (R) looks on during the parliamentary session on November 9, 2015 in Barcelona, Catalonia. The Catalan parliament voted and passed a motion declaring the start of secession process of Spain with 72 votes in favor and 63 votes against from unionists.
President Puigdemont announces the date and question of the referendum
Catalonia calls October referendum on independence from Spain
Catalonia will hold a referendum on splitting from Spain on Oct. 1, the head of the region said on Friday, ratcheting up a confrontation with the central government in Madrid which says such a vote is illegal and must not take place.