Catalonia voted on
1 October 2017


  • 31 October 2003

    After 25 years of unsatisfactory interpretations of the 1979 Statute and a continued failure to implement it properly, Catalan political parties propose to set out definitively the political status of Catalonia within Spain.

  • 16 November 2003

    Parties supporting a new Statute of Autonomy obtain 88% of seats and the popular vote in the Catalan elections.

  • 30 September 2005

    The Parliament of Catalonia passes its proposal for a new Statute of Autonomy.

  • 1 February 2006

    The Spanish People’s Party starts a campaign against the new Catalan Statute.

  • 10 May 2006

    The Spanish Parliament approves a watered-down version of the Statute.

  • 18 June 2006

    The resulting Statute is ratified by the people of Catalonia via a referendum.

  • 28 June 2010

    Almost four years after it became law, the Spanish Constitutional Court rewrites 14 articles of the Catalan Statute and reinterprets 27 others.

  • 10 July 2010

    As a response to the Court’s sentence, a huge protest under the slogan ‘We are a nation. We decide!’ is organized.

  • 20 November 2011

    General elections in Spain result in a new absolute majority for the People’s Party.

  • 11 September 2012

    On Catalonia’s National Day, 1.5 million people attend a demonstration in Barcelona with ‘Catalonia: Next State in Europe’ as its slogan.

  • 20 September 2012

    Another “No” from Madrid.

  • 25 November 2012

    Elections are held in Catalonia. The result is that 80% of MPs in the new Parliament of Catalonia support the right to self-determination.

  • 13 March 2013

    A vast majority (77%) of the Catalan Parliament requests the Catalan President to start negotiations with the Spanish Government so as to hold a self-determination referendum in Catalonia.

  • 11 September 2013

    About 2 million Catalans hold hands to form a human chain covering 400 km from the north to the south of Catalonia calling for independence.

  • 16 January 2014

    The Parliament of Catalonia makes a formal petition asking the Spanish Government to transfer the necessary powers to hold the referendum (as Westminster did with Scotland).

  • 8 April 2014

    The Spanish Parliament votes against transferring referendum powers to Catalonia.

  • 11 September 2014

    1.8 million people take to the streets of Barcelona to celebrate Catalonia’s National Day and ask to vote on 9 November.

  • 19 September 2014

    The Catalan Parliament approves the Law on Non-Binding Popular Consultations with 79% of MPs in favour.

  • 27 September 2014

    The President of Catalonia, Artur Mas, signs the decree calling a popular consultation on 9 November.

  • 29 September 2014

    The Spanish Government urges the Constitutional Court to temporarily suspend Catalonia’s popular consultation.

  • 4 October 2014

    97% of the municipalities of Catalonia (920 out of 947) pass motions in favour of the popular consultation.

  • 14 October 2014

    Due to the Constitutional Court’s suspension of the scheduled consultation, President Mas announces a new vote through a ‘public participatory process’.

  • 4 November 2014

    The Spanish Constitutional Court suspends the public participatory process five days before the date of the event.

  • 9 November 2014

    Despite the impediments of the Spanish government and the state’s judicial bodies, over 2.3 million Catalans vote in the participatory process: 80.76% vote for independence, 4.54% for the status quo and 10.07% for a “devo-max” or “third way solution”.

  • 12 November 2014

    Three days after the 9 November informal vote, Spanish PM Rajoy makes an official statement on the subject. He says that “it was not a democratic vote, but an act of political propaganda and a useless farce”.

  • 21 November 2014

    The Spanish State Prosecutor files a complaint and seeks criminal charges against President Mas, as well as the Catalan Vice-President and the Minister of Education, because they “did not prevent” the 9 November vote.

  • 25 November 2014

    President Artur Mas defends the right of the Catalan people to hold a legally-binding vote on independence.

  • 29 November 2014

    Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy visits Barcelona for the first time since the 9 November vote and strongly criticizes Catalonia’s self-determination plans in a People’s Party meeting.

  • 14 January 2015

    Catalonia will have a de facto independence referendum via early elections on 27 September.

  • 3 August 2015

    Catalan President officially calls elections for 27 September.

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