Voters in the northeastern Spanish region of Catalonia have been asked to cast their ballot on October 1 in a referendum that will ask them: Do you want Catalonia to be an independent state in the form of a republic?
Regional premier Carles Puigdemont announced on Friday morning that he is planning to call a independence referendum for Catalonia on that day, despite lacking consent from the Spanish government.
“The problem is real and profound,” said Puigdemont in a statement at the Catalan government’s headquarters in Barcelona in which he outlined the details of the planned referendum.
As he spoke, Puigdemont was surrounded by most of the 71 deputies from the Junts pel Sí and CUP parties, which together have an absolute majority in the regional assembly although they represent just 47.7% of the votes that were cast at the last election.
The pro-sovereignty leader said that his administration has attempted to reach a …