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Catalan president to demand binding referendum from Spanish leader

Quim Torra says he will ask Pedro Sánchez to agree to a vote on self-determination when they meet in July

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27 June 2018 06:09 PM

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ACN | Barcelona

Catalonia’s president will ask his Spanish counterpart to back a binding referendum on independence in the first official meeting between the two leaders, set for July 9. Quim Torra announced his intention to ask Pedro Sánchez to agree to a new vote on Wednesday, during an official trip to Washington, DC.

“Our starting point is the referendum on self-determination and the declaration of independence, and we want to advance towards a Catalan Republic, but faced with the possibility of finding a solution we have always preferred and to do things like Scotland or Quebec, for us it is obvious that it would be a very acceptable solution,” he said.

  • "The supporters of independence could win, or not. It is the debate we need to have and this is what we will take to the meeting with Sánchez"

    Quim Torra · Catalan president

While Torra said that asking the Spanish president for a binding referendum is the first thing he wants to discuss at the meeting, he also warned that if the request is turned down, without any possibility of changing his counterpart’s mind, then Catalonia “will continue along the road towards the Republic.”

“The State should think that, as in Scotland, anything can happen in an agreed referendum. The supporters of independence could win, or not. It is the debate we need to have and this is what we will take to the meeting with Sánchez,” said Torra, who also added that the pro-independence supporters “will not renounce anything.”

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