Catalonia to hold self-determination referendum on October 1, 2017 / Details about referendum on independence announced in a show of force by Catalan government

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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.

Citizens would be asked: 'Do you want Catalonia to be an independent country in the form of a Republic?'

The President said that the Spanish government's refusal to negotiate on the issue of a vote on independence for Catalonia justified organising it under the authority of the Catalan Parliament.

A legislative bill would need to be adopted by the Catalan parliament during the summer of 2017 to authorise the referendum.

The Spanish government said that a Catalan independence referendum would be illegal because it was unconstitutional, and that it would file charges if any actions were undertaken to organise it.

A draft version of the bill was announced on the 4 July 2017. A reform of parliamentary procedures to facilitate the passing of the bill with just a single reading was adopted on the 26 July 2017. In response, the Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on the 28 July 2017 that he would appeal to the Constitutional Tribunal. However, the new bill was officially tabled on the 31 July 2017 with the intention to be adopted on the 6 September 2017.

On the 31 July 2017 Spain's Constitutional Court accepted the Spanish government’s appeal against the legislative reform of the 26 July 2017.

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