Cata­lan leader ‘de­ter­mined’ to hold in­de­pen­dence vote

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MADRID — The leader of Spain’s eco­nom­i­cally pow­er­ful re­gion of Cat­alo­nia said yes­ter­day he was “ de­ter­mined ” to press ahead with an in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum in Novem­ber de­spite op­po­si­tion from the na­tional govern­ment.

Speak­ing af­ter hold­ing talks in Madrid with Prime Min­is­ter Mar­i­ano Ra­joy, Ar­tur Mas said: “I told him that we are ab­so­lutely de­ter­mined, as I told him a year ago, to hold the con­sul­ta­tion.”

He said Ra­joy re­it­er­ated his po­si­tion dur­ing their meet­ing that the ref­er­en­dum would be il­le­gal un­der Spain’s con­si­tu­tion.

Mas, who has headed the Cata­lan govern­ment since 2010, be­gan push­ing for the ref­er­en­dum af­ter he failed to clinch a bet­ter fi­nan­cial deal from the cen­tral govern­ment for Cat­alo­nia in 2012.

He upped the ante in De­cem­ber when he set Novem­ber 9 as the date for the poll – two months af­ter Scot­land votes on in­de­pen­dence from Bri­tain in a ref­er­en­dum au­tho­rised by the Bri­tish govern­ment.

Speak­ing af­ter hold­ing talks in Madrid with Prime Min­is­ter Mar­i­ano Ra­joy, Ar­tur Mas said: “I told him that we are ab­so­lutely de­ter­mined, as I told him a

year ago, to hold the con­sul­ta­tion.”

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