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The Wall Street Journal: Catalonia plans independence vote, ratcheting up tensions with Spain government

MADRID — Leaders of Catalonia’s regional government said they would hold a referendum on Oct. 1 about making the region independent from Spain, an anticipated move that nonetheless sharpens tensions with the national government.

Catalan President Carles Puigdemont said in televised remarks on Friday that the ballot would ask voters whether they want “Catalonia to be an independent state in the form of a republic?”

While it was widely expected that the pro-secessionist regional government would hold a referendum in the fall, it hadn’t confirmed the date or the question on the ballot. “Catalan men and women have to decide their future,” Puigdemont said in Barcelona.

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