September 6, 2017 / 7:51 PM / 10 months ago

Catalan parliament approves law to call referendum on independence

MADRID (Reuters) - Catalonia’s parliament on Wednesday passed a law to make formal its plans for an Oct. 1 referendum on whether to declare independence from Spain, a vote that the central government says is illegal and that it will stop.

Catalonia's regional President Carles Puigdemont stands with deputies after voting in a law to make formal its plans for an October 1 referendum in the Catalonian regional Parliament in Barcelona, Spain, September 6, 2017. REUTERS/Albert Gea

A majority of the regional parliament, which is controlled by pro-independence parties, voted in favour of the referendum law and the legal framework needed to set up an independent state.

Reporting by Angus Berwick; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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