Well the results are in, very little changed as regards the last election in questions of pro and anti independence, Although the pro independence side increased their vote, they lost two seats, which leaves them with an overall majority of two, the breakdown is basically Pro independence 70 seats , Unionists 57 seats, other 8 seats went to Catalunya Comun, who have asked not to be counted in either block. The Pro independence parties out voted the Unionists by about 150K votes, again the Comuns asked for their votes not to be counted on either side.
Where there was big changes was within the votes for different parties, Ciutadans won by 2 seats, they are very pro Union They got 37 seats, (The two main pro ind parties got 34 and 32, so clearly Ciutadans benefitted from a split vote) , but the big flop was Rajoy’s Party, which leaves him in a very dodgy position, he will see that the support he got from Ciutadans has sunk his own party in Catalonia and will now fear them on a national level. On the other side Puigdemont’ s party was the most voted and won most seats when most expected them to be second.
Where does that leave us? Well pretty much in the same place as before, it was fairly predictable and one would ask Rajoy what solution does he have now, more imprisonments? More refusal to talk? He said the 155 would bring things back to normality well the only real change has been his Party went from 11 seats to 3 and are now the smallest group in the parliament, but his biggest problem will be how to handle the situation within the unionist parties, if he comes out tomorrow and praises the anti independence vote, he is really praising the people that voted for Ciutadans and people around Spain will see Ciutadans as the Party that put it up to the Catalans and that will cost Rajoy big time on the national stage.
On the international front, I would imagine other leaders will be asking, albeit privately, after all the steps he has taken what has he achieved and furthermore, what he intends to do with over 2 million people that voted for the independence parties today.