Catalonia sets vote on independence from Spain for Oct. 1

Reuters News
Posted: Jun 09, 2017 4:51 AM

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Catalonia will hold a referendum on splitting from Spain on October 1, the head of the regional government said on Friday, setting the stage for several month of heightened confrontation with the central government which says such a vote is illegal and will not take place.

"The question will be 'do you want Catalonia to become an independent state in the form of a republic'," Carles Puigdemont said in a speech at the headquarters of the regional government.

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(Reporting by Sonya Dowsett, writing by Jesus Aguado; Editing by Julien Toyer)