Catalan has their own language and culture and was briefly independent during the Spanish Civil War. Spain’s central government opposes the referendum – but has no way of stopping it short of declaring war on Catalan.
In a move many people thought would never happen, the Catalan parliament approved a referendum that would allow a vote on the region’s independence from Spain. The central government seeks intervention from the Constitutional Court. But short of invasion who is going to stop the vote?
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