I suspect that Madrid will try and bring Catalonia "under control" today by declaring that it will now come under direct control from the central administration in the Spanish capital. It will be the end of regional rule in the province and it could mean the end of the pro-independence regional government. It is a dangerous step by the Spanish government and it is a move which will lead to widespread protests across Catalonia and will add even further tension between the pro-independence movement in Catalonia and the rest of the country.
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A democratic vote would need all Spanish citizens to be given the opportunity to vote, not just Catalan citizens but ALL Spanish citizens.
That's only a fair comment Henry if nobody stopped them from voting or stole their ballot papers. I have heard it said by one local politician when a survey was done locally of 500 homes and 10 responded and of those 8 wanted the proposal. He said 80% of respondents said yes so that is overwhelming support. Time to get real?
Less than half of those eligible to vote did so in the recent referendum so most Catalans might not be in favour of breaking with Spain anyway,that said,the next move needs to be carefully considered so as not to turn the tide of public opinion against Spain in Catalonia.