While for many years the Catalan region of Spain had obtained a degree of autonomy from the Madrid government, there have been calls by Catalan nationalists for further moves towards independence from Spain. This included a self-determination referendum that was held in 2014.
It was announced by the Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont on the 9 June 2017 that a Catalan independence referendum would be held on 1 October 2017.
For full information in ESO on the Catalan independence referendum, 1 October 2017 click here.
+ The days leading up to the referendum
Following the holding of the referendum El País, and other news sources, reported that some 30 businesses that were based in Barcelona had announced that they would move their legal headquarters elsewhere. The Catalan Government said that the move was largely a symbolic political gesture with very limited economic impact.
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