For sure there is something sad about breaking up. Certainly, as humans, as social beings, we develop a nostalgia and a fondness for unity - if, of course, both sides are happy in the union. But what if one wants out? Then the relationship is less salubrious. And Carles Puigdemont and Mariano Rajoy may just have to face it, it's time they're through.
If Puigdemont does reluctantly declare the independence which he wanted, it will only result in a political situation that is even more bitter, more acrimonious, and more likely to result in civil unrest. Instead of toasting the independence he sought, Puigdemont now finds himself sipping from a poisoned chalice.
President Carles Puigdemont requested more time for negotiations.
Catalan President Carles Puigdemont Signs Declaration Of Independence, But Will Seek Talks With Madrid
I propose suspending the effects of the declaration of independence to undertake talks to reach an agreed solution.”
He insists he does have a mandate to split from Spain though.
The president of Catalonia has signed a document to declare independence from Spain, but the result of a controversial referendum
King Felipe VI, in a televised speech, accused those seeking independence of “irresponsible behaviour”.
King of Spain accuses secessionist leaders of 'irresponsible behavior'.
Catalonia will declare independence from Spain in a matter of days, the leader of the autonomous region has claimed as the
Spain divided: thousands protest police violence that injured 900 people.