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27 Sept. Catalonia To Vote For Independence?

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Polls suggest that pro-independence parties could win a slim majority in the 135-seat regional parliament. If so, Catalan leader Artur Mas has pledged to lead a transitional government, lasting no longer than 18 months, which will begin drafting a Catalan constitution and work towards negotiating secession with the central government in Madrid.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/sep/20/catalonia-separatists-spain-independence-raul-romeva

The next Balkans?

I'd hate to see this happen, but pro-independence factions have had local control of education, press etc for years now. It may well be that the Catalans, despite the risk of leaving the EU and the Euro, will press ahead with this. And Spain will not be in a position to let this happen. Unlike Scotland, Catalonia is a big chunk of the economy and population (and if anything are seen as the Spanish equivalent of south east England), and if they go for independence it will encourage other provinces like the Basque country, the Canaries and Galicia.

Strangely the people supporting independence claim they are strongly in favour of the EU and want to stay part of it... (well I say strangely, but so said the Scottish nats).

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http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/sep/20/catalonia-separatists-spain-independence-raul-romeva

The next Balkans?

I'd hate to see this happen, but pro-independence factions have had local control of education, press etc for years now. It may well be that the Catalans, despite the risk of leaving the EU and the Euro, will press ahead with this. And Spain will not be in a position to let this happen. Unlike Scotland, Catalonia is a big chunk of the economy and population (and if anything are seen as the Spanish equivalent of south east England), and if they go for independence it will encourage other provinces like the Basque country, the Canaries and Galicia.

Strangely the people supporting independence claim they are strongly in favour of the EU and want to stay part of it... (well I say strangely, but so said the Scottish nats).

Brit Nat alert! Brit Nat alert!

Your claim that Scotland is not a large part of the economy is a down right insult. We are the third largest contributor of taxes in the UK behind only London and the south east.

I say good luck to them. Catalonia were a big supporter of Scotland becoming independent and there has been a close bond created between the two groups of independence campaigners. With a bit of luck they will get their independence and make a great success of it. It would be a great example for the second Scottish referendum if we could point to Catalonia and say look how well they are doing!

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Your claim that Scotland is not a large part of the economy is a down right insult. We are the third largest contributor of taxes in the UK behind only London and the south east.

but ...North’s economy worth billions more than Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Increased infrastructure spending, devolution of power and strengthened local democracy are needed for the region to “fulfill its untapped potential,” influential think tank IPPR North said, as it revealed the north contributed £83bn more to the economy than the three devolved nations.

Its new report examined growth over ten years, and found that the north contributed 19 per cent - £266bn - of the national economy in 2012, compared to 13 per cent for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland combined. Yorkshire and the Humber alone was responsible for 6.7 per cent - a staggering £93bn.

http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/business/business-news/north-s-economy-worth-billions-more-than-scotland-wales-and-northern-ireland-1-6949342

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