Catalonians still want November independence vote

Over 70 per cent of Catalonians still want to hold a referendum on 9 November on independence from Spain, even though the popular vote was suspended by a ruling of the country's constitutional court on 29 September.

The president of the Catalan government, Arturo Mas, is now holding consultations with the parties supporting the vote (who make up about 65 per cent of the Catalan parliament) on how to proceed following the ruling of the constitutional court.

The two options under discussion are whether to go ahead with the referendum – the Catalan government and parliament are still hoping the constitutional court will accept its appeal to lift the suspension – or call early elections in a plebiscite on independence.

So far the Spanish government has ignored all appeals to talk about the issue of independence, leaving the country's constitutional court to make the decision.