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Support for independence

Political parties

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The parties explicitly campaigning for independence currently represented in the Catalan Parliament are the Republican Left of Catalonia (ERC), Catalan European Democratic Party(PDEC) and the Popular Unity Candidacy (CUP). They have 72 seats of 135 after the Catalan 2015 election and gained 39.6% and 8.2% of the popular vote respectively.

Other smaller pro-independence parties or coalitions, without present representation in any parliament, are Catalan Solidarity for IndependenceEstat Català, Endavant, PSAN, Poble Lliure and Reagrupament. There are also youth organisations such as Young Republican Left of CataloniaArran, and the student unions SEPC and FNEC.


In recent years, support for Catalan independence has broadened from being the preserve of traditional left or far-left Catalan nationalism. Relevant examples are the liberal economistsXavier Sala i Martín[46] and Ramon Tremosa Balcells (elected deputy for CiU in the European parliament in the 2009 election), the lawyer and former FC Barcelona president Joan Laporta[47] or the jurist and former member of the Consejo General del Poder Judicial Alfons López Tena.[48]

The think tank Cercle d’Estudis Sobiranistes, led by the jurists Alfons López Tena and Hèctor López Bofill was founded in 2007. Since then it has mobilised a number of lawmakers, professors, businessmen, professionals, economists, journalists and intellectuals for the cause of Catalonia’s independence.

Other individuals include:

Opposition to independence

Political parties

All of the Spanish National Political Parties in Catalonia reject the idea of independence. Of these, only Podemos is prepared to hold a referendum on the issue in Catalonia;[56] others such as Ciutadans[57]Catalan Socialist Federation and the People’s Party of Catalonia,[58] which had 17.9% and 8.5% of the vote respectively in the 2015 Catalan parliamentary election, have always opposed the notion of Catalan self-determination. The Socialists’ Party (12.7% of vote) opposes independence as well. While some of its members supported the idea of a self-determination referendum up until 2012,[59] the official position as of 2015 is that the Spanish Constitution should be reformed in order to better accommodate Catalonia.[60] A majority of voters of left-wing platform Catalonia Yes We Can (8.94%) reject independence although the party favours a referendum in which it would campaign for Catalonia remaining part of Spain. CDC’s Catalanist former-partner Unió came out against independence and fared badly in the 2015 elections, although polls show a rebound in voter support as the institutional crisis deepens.

Other organizations and individuals

The list of organizations and individual Catalans who have publicly opposed independence includes:

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