The 1.Oct2017 Vote
A legally-binding legitimate independence referendum, with a binary question “Do you want Catalonia to be an independent country in the form of a republic?” Yes or No.
The referendum is legal under a Self-Determination Referendum Law to be passed by the Catalan Parliament which regulates the vote via an Electoral Commission and international observers. This is after five years and 18 attempts to agree a referendum with the Spanish parliament and the Spanish government.
If “Yes” wins the referendum, the Catalan Parliament will declare independence within two days of the 1 October vote.
If “No” wins the current parliament will be dissolved, and the Catalan President will convene early elections.
80% of the Catalan people have repeatedly stated that they want to vote on the political future of Catalonia. This large number includes those in favor of independence and those against. The Catalan people also gave a majority to pro-independence political parties in the last regional parliamentary elections. Thus there is a clear democratic mandate for an independence vote.
All citizens of 18 years of age or older with Spanish nationality, and who reside in Catalonia, or who are registered to vote abroad with their last residence in Spain in Catalonia, will be eligible to vote.
After the end of the 40-year dictatorship in 1975 Spain was divided into 17 autonomous regions with devolved powers. Catalonia’s Statute of Autonomy was approved by the Spanish parliament and government, as well as a large majority in a referendum in Catalonia. In 2010 many of these devolved powers were removed by Spain´s Constitutional Court, at the behest of the current PP government, which subsequently embarked on a recentralization campaign. This brought growing threats to the Catalan culture and language. Catalonia’s proposal for greater fiscal responsibility, which was long ago granted to the Basque Country and Navarre, was rejected without discussion by the Spanish government in 2012. Central government spending on infrastructure in Catalonia continues to lag behind other regions of Spain. Thus over time many Catalans came to feel that Catalonia’s interests can best be safeguarded by seeking independence.
Beyond this, the independence referendum honors the mandate given to the pro-independence parties by the Catalan people in the most recent Catalan parliamentary elections, and to fulfill the promises made to do everything possible to transition to independence in the face of years of refusal by the PP government to even discuss the concerns of the Catalan people.