Madrid prepares to seize control of vital services after MPs in Barcelona vote to create ‘a Catalan republic as an independent and sovereign state’

Catalonia: tracking independence movements across Europe

The Spanish government is preparing to seize control of Catalonia after the region’s parliament voted to establish an independent republic, pushing the country’s worst political crisis in 40 years to new and dangerous heights.

Spain’s national unity suffered a decisive blow on Friday afternoon when Catalan MPs in the 135-seat regional parliament voted for independence by a margin of 70 votes to 10.

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