Catalonia makes the law referendum may have division of Spain

Catalonia makes the law referendum may have division of Spain

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The parliament of the Spanish region of Catalonia on Wednesday approved a law that allows a referendum on independence from Spain. That referendum is scheduled for 1 October.

The regional government of prime minister Carles Puigdemont, has together with its small coalition partner, a majority that independence in mind.

The Spanish deputy prime minister Soraya Saénz de Santamaría said on Wednesday that the national government, the constitutional court has requested the holding of the referendum to declare it invalid. The Spanish law does not allow that part of the country on their own secretes.

Catalonia is an autonomous, prosperous region in the northeast of Spain, of which Barcelona is the capital. The call for separation from the rest of Spain was fueled by the economic crisis in the country.

Unofficial referendum

Separatist politicians, organized three years ago an unofficial referendum on independence. But only their supporters showed up. Approximately 80 percent of the voters voted then for separation from Spain, but only 2.3 million of the targeted 5.4 million voters brought to a vote. In recent polls, there are somewhat more Catalans who discharge refuse Catalans who are.

Catalonia occupies 6.6 percent of the Spanish kingdom and 16 percent of the 47 million Spaniards live there. The region accounts for almost 20 percent of the Spanish gross domestic product.

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