Three ministers from the junior party in the coalition that governs Catalonia pulled out of the 13-member Catalan regional government on Wednesday as disagreements over Spain secession issue escalated.
Ramon Espadaler, regional interior minister stated that he and two other ministers who are members of the Democratic Union of Catalonia (UDC) are pulling out.
“We’ve agreed … to take a step back and leave the government of Catalonia,” said Espadaler during a news conference.
The Convergence and Union (CiU) that has ruled Catalonia since 2010 and been allied since 1978 is a federation of two constituent parties, the senior Democratic Convergence of Catalonia (CDC) and its junior ally, the UDC.
According to the AFP, tensions between the alliances loomed as the coalition took a stance towards a pro-separatist party under regional president Artur Mas.
Mas who is a member of the CDC party is paving his political future on the independence of Catalonia and is planning to hold a proxy vote on breaking away from Spain on Sept. 27.
If pro-independence parties are successful in gaining a majority, the newly formed government will then push for negotiations on independence with Madrid.
However, the UDC, who is increasingly more cautious in independence, has showcased a more tentative stance.
On Sunday, members of the party voted in favour of an alternative “road map” and called on Madrid to converse and to abide by the law which enables regions to conduct independence referendums.
“This decision is not a break up of the electoral alliance, it is a question of being coherent with what our members voted for,” said Espadaler.
According to the Catalan regional government’s opinion poll conducted in February, 48 percent of Catalans are saying “no” to independence.