Mas says the new vote is in line with the Spanish constitution (Photo:

Catalonia downgrades independence 'consultation' after court ban

Catalan leader Artur Mas on Tuesday (14 October) promised to hold a "public consultation" on whether Catalonia should be independent from Spain, after the Constitutional Court thwarted his plans to hold a referendum.

"The vote on 9 November can be considered the preparatory vote before the definitive one," Mas said in a press conference in Barcelona.

He blamed the government in Madrid for not allowing Catalans to express their opinion and said "the real adversary is the Spanish st...

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