The Catalan independence movement lost its absolute majority in the Parliament today and the first consequences have already been seen. Both JxCat and ERC this afternoon supported a bill presented by CUP which "affirms Catalonia's imprescriptible and inalienable right to self-determination as was expressed in the provisions passed by this chamber to be able to exercise this right".
The first two parties agreed to vote in favour after CUP agreed to not explicitly mention the laws from last year which paved the way for the independence referendum, laws since suspended by Spain's Constitutional Court. However, the result was still a draw, 65 votes both for and against, meaning the motion didn't pass.
Despite the result, Maria Sirvent (CUP) wanted to make it clear that, as far as they are concerned, it has passed. Currently, the pro-independence majority has five votes fewer than it won in last year's election, down to 65 from 70. The five votes correspond to the deputies Jordi Sànchez, Jordi Turll and Josep Rull, in prison, and, in Belgium, Carles Puigdemont and Toni Comín.