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>> As one divisive vote finishes, another rears its head. Catalonia's regional government on Friday, calling a referendum on splitting from Spain. That vote, scheduled for the 1st of October this year, considered illegal and against Spain's constitution by the central government. They've said it will not go ahead. Do you want Catalonia to be an independent state in the form of a republic?
That's the question the regional government want put to the 5.5 million Catalans eligible to vote. And it's a question likely to, once again, ignite tension between Barcelona and Madrid after years of court battles and political clashes. Catalonia's President, Carles Puigdemont, saying the issue will be determined in one of two ways, referendum or referendum.
> We will work for an agreement until the last day. We will work with the will of carrying out a referendum in agreement with the state at all times. But if we get to the end of the legislature and there is no positive response in the sense, we are prepared and ready to take the final step before declaring in an effective manner, the independence of Catalonia.
Under Spain's constitution, Madrid could force the regional government to drop the vote. Support for secession in Catalonia, a populous and wealthy region that accounts for around a fifth of Spain's economic output, increased during the financial crisis that began in 2008. In 2014, pro-independence campaigners staged a symbolic poll.
More than 80% of votes cast in that non-binding ballot were in favor of separation. But support for the independence movement have since waned as Spain returned to economic growth. That said, the majority of Catalans are in favor of a referendum at least being held.