Catalonia president to call for independence vote ‘in next days’

Spanish government says poll would violate constitution and pledges to block it in courts

Catalonian regional president Artur Mas today delivers a speech to supporters at an  event to mark the anniversary of the end of War of the Spanish Succession in Catalonia (1714) at Cardona Castle,  Barcelona, northeastern Spain. Photograph: Alejandro Garcia/EPA

Catalonian regional president Artur Mas today delivers a speech to supporters at an event to mark the anniversary of the end of War of the Spanish Succession in Catalonia (1714) at Cardona Castle, Barcelona, northeastern Spain. Photograph: Alejandro Garcia/EPA

 

The president of Spain’s Catalonia region today said he would formally call “in the next days” for a vote on independence from Spain which has been scheduled for November 9th.

The Catalan parliament passed a law on Friday enabling regional head Artur Mas to call such a vote, though the Spanish government has said it would violate the Spanish constitution and has pledged to block it in the courts.

“The law ... will be used this week, in the next days, to call for the November 9 vote,” Mr Mas said at an event in the Catalan city of Cardona. His remarks were broadcast by Spain’s state-owned television.

With its own language and culture, and a long-standing pro-independence movement that has gathered momentum during recent years of economic hardship, Catalonia has sought a referendum on independence similar to that rejected by voters in Scotland on Thursday.

Reuters