The Parliament of Catalonia (right image) is likely to pass tomorrow a declaration on the sovereignty of the Catalan people. This will be a milestone text in the history of the country, given that for the first time since autonomy was restored, Catalonia could be defined as a “sovereign political and legal subject”, if the proposal by three parties CiU, ERC and ICV is taken forward.
A declaration of sovereignty does not necessarily mean that independence is going to follow suit. Sometimes it is used as a preliminary legal text where the reasons for self-determination are put forward, and later on (maybe years) a declaration on independence follows. On other occasions, the process does not lead to the establishment of an independent state, but to a new agreement between the self-declared sovereign territory and the state. Continue reading