Sanchez proposes referendum on greater autonomy for Catalonia

3rd September, 2018 10:08:02 printer

MADRID: Spain’s prime minister on Monday proposed holding a referendum in Catalonia on greater autonomy for the wealthy region but ruled out allowing a vote on independence as demanded by Catalan leaders, reports AFP.

Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez—who since coming to power in June has attempted to defuse tensions over Catalonia’s independence drive by holding talks with the region’s separatist president Quim Torra—told radio Cadena Ser that dialogue should lead to “a vote... on the reinforcement of Catalonia’s autonomy”.

“It is a referendum for autonomy, not for self-determination,” he added, without giving a timeline for the proposed vote.

But Torra, who was being interviewed at the same time by Catalan public television, said “Catalonia’s right to self-determination could not be swept under the carpet”.