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Catalan parliament approves law to call referendum on independence

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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. 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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