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Catalonia's president calls independence referendum for 9 November, despite opposition from Spanish government http://bbc.in/1rqqI2e

The president of the Spanish region of Catalonia has signed a decree calling for a referendum on independence.

Artur Mas wants Catalonia to hold a Scottish-style vote on 9 November, but does not have the backing of the central government in Madrid.

Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy has said he will block any referendum.

Catalonia, which includes Barcelona, is one of Spain's richest and most highly industrialised regions, and also one of the most independent-minded.

On 19 September Catalonian lawmakers voted by a margin of 106 to 28 in favour of authorising the referendum, known locally as a "consultation".

Mr Rajoy and the Spanish government believe any vote would be illegal.

The prime minister is expected to take action at a special cabinet meeting early next week, and is likely to take the dispute to the country's Constitutional Court.

However, Mr Mas says he can use local laws to hold a vote in a matter of weeks.

The BBC's Tom Burridge in Madrid says the focus of attention now will be on how far the Spanish government is prepared to go in order to stop a referendum.

Black swans appearing all over

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I guess the arithmetic isn't so favourable for the Spanish Government............they are not looking at £1600 per capita extra welfare payments off set by £900 oil revenues, more like a huge cash cow for the remainder of Spain. So Catalonia aren't going to be ceded without a fight.

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I guess the arithmetic isn't so favourable for the Spanish Government............they are not looking at £1600 per capita extra welfare payments off set by £900 oil revenues, more like a huge cash cow for the remainder of Spain. So Catalonia aren't going to be ceded without a fight.

Where did you pluck those figures from?

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I reckon they'll vote yes, then there'll be hell to pay.

You can be 100% certain they will vote yes so long as the vote is allowed to even happen and the Spanish don't send in the heavy brigade.

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You can now see why the rest of Europe were so pissed off with the Scots.....while we were deciding over whether to divorce with roughly equal resources, other countries are threatened with the loss of wealthy regions where the economic implications are far more clear cut.

Btw I have spoken to a couple of Scots re. their referendum and both had bloody well vote Yes when they wanted a no...the closer they got to 50% the more stosh they thought would be forthcoming from England.....bloody canny or what.

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I reckon they'll vote yes, then there'll be hell to pay.

Rajoy wont let them vote/recognise result

Then it all kicks off.

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More populous than Scotland (7.5 million).... but the real kicker 17% per capita more GDP....$34952/$29810.

No vote and no independence without a fight.....this isn't a ballot box scenario. Nor will the EC play ball...too many countries with cash cow regions. We just don't like sharing wealth anymore.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranked_lists_of_Spanish_autonomous_communities

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Thank God this is happening in a stable European country that has seen neither civil war or Fascist dictatorships in the last 100 years.

Indeed the irony is nicley put.....only 39 years since the Spanish were allowed a free vote and denying Catalonia an independence vote now could prove very dangerous.

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I reckon they'll vote yes, then there'll be hell to pay.

catalonia is one of the wealthier parts of spain.

I reckon there's a good chanche they will.

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Catalonia is 19% of Spanish GDP and 16% of the Spanish population, but has received 43% of regional bailout billions since 2012....

however the nationalists are strong in that part of the world, and they'll probably vote Yes. Remember they have regular political demos at Barcelona football clubs - which would not be half the club it is, if it hadn't been playing in the Spanish league. Barcelona will probably survive expulsion from the Spanish league (they'd play "friendly" games including Real Madrid!) but most of their teams won't.

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Is it Putin's fault yet?

Someone should warn NATO..

Not long now before Russian convoys are spotting all over Catalonia. Putin is clearly behind all of this.

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Spain's government has asked the country's constitutional court to declare Catalonia's planned independence referendum illegal.

PM Mariano Rajoy told reporters that the vote was not "compatible with the Spanish constitution".

The head of the north-eastern Spanish region signed a decree on Saturday calling for a vote on 9 November.

Hundreds of thousands of Catalans joined a protest in Barcelona recently, calling for their right to vote.

Unhappy at Spain's refusal to give Catalans more powers, protesters have been energised by Scotland's recent independence referendum, and many also waved the Scottish flag.

On Monday, Mr Rajoy said "Nobody and nothing will be allowed to break up Spain."

He was speaking in a televised statement to the nation after holding an emergency cabinet meeting.

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Catalonia's 7.5 million inhabitants make up approximately 16 % of the population of Spain. Yet it is one of Spain's richest and most highly industrialised regions, as well as one of its most independent-minded.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-29410493

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http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSKCN0HO1XB20140929?irpc=932

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's Constitutional Court suspended on Monday an independence referendum called by Catalonia for November, although political forces in the wealthy north-east region forged ahead with a political campaign ahead of their planned vote.

Spain's central government earlier on Monday asked the court to declare the vote illegal on the grounds that it breaches the country's constitution.

While it could take years for the constitutional court to rule on the issue, the vote was effectively suspended by the court's decision to accept the case.

A spokeswoman said the court's 12 judges had reached a decision after a one-hour emergency meeting.

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