Scotland's 'No' vote fails to stop Catalonia's push for independence from Spain

September 19, 2014 1:41 PM

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Scotland's 'No' vote fails to stop Catalonia's push for independence from Spain

BARCELONA, Spain – The regional parliament in Spain's Catalonia was still expected Friday to grant its leader the power to call a secession referendum denounced as illegal by the central government in Madrid, even as Scotland's decision to stay within the United Kingdom cost separatist movements across Europe the political momentum they could have gained for their own independence ambitions.

The prospect of an independent Scotland would have served as an example of how to build a new nation, captivating European separatists in addition to Catalans who want to carve out their own Mediterranean nation.

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