Despite Scottish result, Catalans push ahead with law for independence vote Add to ...

September 20, 2014 1:11 AM

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Mariano Rajoy was beaming on Friday morning, for a while anyway. Within hours of the failure of Scotland’s wannabe secessionists to win the independence vote, the Spanish Prime Minister was praising the unionists who had kept the United Kingdom intact. “Yesterday they chose between segregation and integration. Between isolation and being open. Between stability and uncertainty,” he said in a video statement. “And they chose the best option for everyone – for themselves and for Europe.”

His joy didn’t last long. The Catalan MPs duly pushed ahead with a law that would allow a non-binding vote on Catalonia’s independence; it is to take place on Nov. 9. The wealthy region, in Spain’s northeast, has always had a strong nationalistic streak. When Catalans need to leave the region for bu...

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