Parliament of Catalonia approves holding of referendum on independence
The Parliament of the Spanish autonomous community of Catalonia has approved the holding of a referendum on independence at early elections in the region on November 25, RIA Novosti reports with reference to the Spanish media.
On Tuesday the head of the regional parliament Artur Mas announced that early elections will take place in Catalonia on November 25. He said that this decision was caused by a refusal of Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Raho to allow Catalonia to set the level of tax revenues to the state treasury independently.
On Thursday, the first deputy prime minister of Spain Soraya Saenz de Santamaria announced that the central government is ready to use all available legal means to prevent the withdrawal of Catalonia from the country. She recalled that the issue of the territorial integrity of Spain can be discussed at a referendum only if the central government agrees to hold a referendum.