Past event

Members

Mapping a Path Towards Catalan Independence

Chatham House London, UK

Participants

Carles Puigdemont, President of the Generalitat of Catalonia

Chair: Dr Uta Staiger, Deputy Director, UCL European Institute

Overview

In this event, the president of Catalonia will argue that the majority of Catalans now want independence and that his government sees self-determination as a critical step towards being able respond to the everyday demands of Catalonia’s citizens.

He will outline his government’s timeline for increased autonomy and, ultimately, independence. He will discuss the social, political and economic drivers of the movement, as well as how the process can advance in the face of the Spanish Constitutional Court ruling that the independence process is unlawful and a refusal by the government in Madrid to engage in dialogue on the subject. He will also explore the implications for Catalonia, for Spain and for the EU should the region secede.