|Catalan News Agency
The Catalan Government did not exclude the possibility of organising an independence referendum before September 2017, the date initially signalled by President Carles Puigdemont, if 'circumstances' made this option the most 'convenient'. That was according to the Presidency Minister and Spokeswoman of the Catalan Government, Neus Munté on the 31 January 2017. However. the Spanish Vice President, Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría said that the date of the vote did not matter as a referendum would 'always be against the Constitution'.
This followed a delegation of senior Catalan leaders to the European Parliament in Brussels on the 24 January 2017, which aroused criticism from some Spanish MEPs.
The tensions concerning Catalan calls for independence were heightened by the start of a case being held in Spain's Constitutional Court on the 6 February 2017 against former regional president Artur Mas and two of his cabinet members for holding an earlier non-binding vote on independence in 2014. The Court decided on 13 March 2017 that Mr Mas was to be barred from public office for two years.
|Politics and International Relations
|Countries / Regions