A guide to the Catalan independence referendum.

When? On October 1st.

Where? The referendum will take place in the national territory of Catalonia.

The question: “Do you want Catalonia to be an independent country in the form of a Republic?; it will be written in the 3 official languages of Catalonia: Catalan, Spanish and Occitan Aranese.

Why? The referendum will be held because there is a social and parliamentary majority in favor of exercising the right to self-determination of Catalonia. The Catalan government has tried to agree to a referendum with Madrid on 18 occasions, but Prime Minister Rajoy has refused to give voice to the Catalan people.

Who will be eligible to vote? All citizens older than 18 years who are of Spanish nationality and who reside in Catalonia will be eligible to vote, including those living abroad registered in both a Spanish and Catalan list and whose last residence in Spain was in Catalonia.

What will happen if Yes wins? If a majority of voters back independence, the Catalan parliament will declare independence from Spain within 48 hours.

What will happen if No wins? If a majority of voters reject independence, Catalan president Carles Puigdemont will convene early elections.

 

 

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