Catalonia votes for independence from Spain and Spain suspends Catalan auonomy

Lawmakers in Catalonia declared independence from Spain on Friday in a defiant move that divided the breakaway region and sharply escalated a confrontation for control with Madrid.

The central government pressed for permission to take over control of Catalonia. Meanwhile, secessionists in Catalonia faced bitter recriminations from Catalan foes who called the move for statehood a coup and a huge historical blunder, a month after a referendum that backed a split from Spain.

The impasse has left little middle ground in Spain for possible compromises and has spilled over to the European Union, whose leaders fear another internal crisis after major upheavals such as Britain’s exit from the bloc and the financial meltdown in Greece.

Spain passes article 155 which suspends Catalan autonomy.

16% of Spain’s population live in Catalonia, and it produces:
25.6% of Spain’s exports
19% of Spain’s GDP
20.7% of foreign investment