Catalan parliament paves way for Spain independence vote

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This news came after Rajoy repeated on Monday that he will "make sure that the law is fulfilled" in regard to the Catalan independence referendum, which is scheduled to be held on October 1.

Ines Arrimadas of Ciudadanos, leader of the official opposition in Catalonia, said the "illegal" bill not only lacked global support, but also violated the Catalans' rights.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez had a phone conversation in an attempt to resolve the issue of the Catalan independence referendum, Spanish media reported on Tuesday.

Similar to the Kurdistan Region's aspirations of independence from Iraq, the majority of Catalans want to exercise their right to vote on whether to split from Spain.

His conservative Popular Party and the court argue that the Spanish constitution does not allow regions to unilaterally decide on sovereignty.

There will be no minimum turnout requirement to make the result of the vote binding, regional government head Carles Puigdemont said in a recent briefing.

Lawmakers in Spain's Catalonia region paved the way Wednesday for a vote on independence from Spain despite fierce resistance from the region's political opposition and central authorities in Madrid.

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The post Catalan Lawmakers Start Debate On Independence Referendum Plan appeared first on Channels Television. The government that emerged from that vote vowed to begin the process of breaking away from Spain. The Constitutional Court considers the referendum illegal because unlike countries such as Canada or the U.K., Spain's constitution simply does not allow for this type of vote.

"What is happening in the Catalan parliament is embarrassing, it's shameful", Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria told reporters.

"We are defending the rule of law in Spain and democracy in Catalonia".

According to the Generalitat, the draft law will be higher in legal power than all the laws and legislation that might contradict the bill.

The decision has plunged Spain into a national crisis only three weeks after jihadist attacks on the heart of Catalonia left 16 people dead and more than 100 others wounded.

The so-called referendum bill was included at the last minute in the agenda of Wednesday's plenary meeting of the regional parliament, and is likely to be passed by a pro-independence majority later in the day, paving the way to formalize plans for the ballot.

Catalonia, a region of 7.5 million people with its own language and culture that accounts for about one-fifth of Spain's economic output, has significant powers over matters such as education, healthcare and welfare.