Catalan parliament approves independence vote

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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-29274849

Catalonia’s parliament has voted overwhelmingly in favour of giving its regional president the power to call an independence “consultation”.

Spain’s government opposes the Catalan “consultation” vote and is taking the dispute to the Constitutional Court.

The move comes a day after Scotland voted against independence from the United Kingdom.

Catalan President Artur Mas said Scotland’s referendum had “shown the way” for Catalonian independence.

He is preparing Catalonia for a similar vote on 9 November, with large-scale support for independence from Spain.

Catalonian lawmakers voted by a margin of 106 to 28 in favour of authorising the consultation.

Mr Mas earlier said Scotland’s rejection of independence was “not a setback” and that having the chance to vote was “the key point”.

“This is a powerful and strong message that the UK is sending to the entire world – that if there is such a conflict elsewhere in the world you…

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