September 12, 2014

A PEOPLE WHO THINK THEMSELVES A NATION ARE ONE:

Scottish example emboldens Catalans : The Catalan independence movement is flying high at the moment, says Spain expert Klaus-J├╝rgen Nagel. (Deutsche Welle, 9/12/14)

[T]he majority of the population supports it. And the Catalan government has decided to hold a referendum on November 9 despite Madrid's resistance. That would only be a non-binding referendum from a legal point of view, though. The question is whether the Spanish government will prohibit this poll as it has threatened.

If a majority votes for independence, would the referendum have any consequences despite being non-binding?

Certainly. In a democracy when a majority makes its voice heard in a legitimate, consistent manner, then it's hard not to take such a view of the people into account. In the case of Scotland, even a close decision against independence would lead to an expansion of Scottish autonomy.

Posted by at September 12, 2014 11:38 AM
  

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