A plan for Catalonia secession from Spain was launched Monday by the Catalan parliament that would provide them independence as soon as 2017. The plan for thesecession comes even though the government in Madrid says it is a violation of Spain’s constitution, and Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy says he will stop it from occurring.

The vote to approve the Catalonia secession passed 72 to 63 votes by the Catalonia parliament. Having won the area’s regional elections in September, the extreme left-wing Popular Unity Candidacy and the Together for Yes alliance brought the proposal to the table.

Spanish government reacts negatively to secession plan

The Spanish government, however, has said it will appeal the plan by Catalonia to secede at the Constitutional Court. The court has blocked Catalonia’s attempt to gain independence from Spain in the past, and Rajoy has announced that Catalonia is not going to go anywhere, and that he would meet with the Socialist Party leader Pedro Sanchez to form a common front against them.

Catalonia branches of Spain's ruling conservative Popular Party, along with the Socialist Party and the Citizens opposition party filed appeals to stop the vote on the plan for Catalonia secession, but it was allowed by Spain's Constitutional Court, which had ruled last week that the vote could go on as planned.

Constitutional Court expected to say plan is illegal

Even so, the Constitutional Court is expected to say that the plan for them to secede is illegal, the resolution explicitly orders the regional government not to obey the vote. It provides the incoming government 30 days to begin working on a new constitution for Catalonia, that would be voted on in a referendum at a later date, as well as to begin to establish new tax office and social security administration.

Catalonia was also warned by the European Union that if they became an independent state, they would still have to ask to be admitted to the bloc, and the separatist forces will also face internal disputes that could slow down or stop their push for independence.

The polls have consistently shown that even though most of the 7.5 million Catalans support an official referendum on independence, they are equally divided on whether or not to end their centuries-old ties with the rest of Spain in a Catalonia secession.

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