13 September, 2014 06:09 PM | Photo by AFP Photo / Josep Lago
The Non-referendum popular consultation on the political future of Catalonia 2014, also known as the Catalan self-determination referendum or the Catalan independence referendum, is a non-binding referendum on Catalan independence that has been called for 9 November 2014.
The referendum about “political future of Catalonia” is included in the governance agreement ratified by Artur Mas from Convergence and Union (CiU) and Oriol Junqueras from Republican Left of Catalonia (ERC) on 18 December 2012, and called by its signatories Agreement for Freedom. The text indicates that the date of the referendum will be agreed between the two parties, both of which commit to attempting to hold it in 2014 “except if the socio-economic and political context made a postponement necessary.” As part of the agreement Artur Mas was voted in as President of the Generalitat of Catalonia for a second term.
On 19 September 2014, the Catalan parliament approved a call for a consultation on independence. Subsequently, according to the decree signed by the Catalan President Artur Mas on 27 September 2014, the consultation will be held on 9 November 2014. The same day the Spanish government announced that that it would block the consultation by appealing to the Constitutional Court. The Spanish Constitutional Court decided to hear the Spanish government case on 29 September 2014, which suspended the vote.
But Catalunya won’t give up!