Catalonia’s independence referendum has long dominated conversation in the wealthy northeastern region of Spain.
And with emotions running high on both sides of the debate, some families are feeling the strain.
Xavi Oliveres and his cousin Francesc are on opposing sides of the argument. Yet they and their wives can put their differences to one side to enjoy lunch together.
“I am voting no because I think independence is not the solution,” Xavi said.
“We have too many problems in the country and in the world to be separating from each other.”
Francesc though says he is voting yes.
Independence “is not a panacea,” he admits, “but I think it is the solution to the problem that we have had between Spain and Catalonia since the ‘Transition’ (to democracy).
To vote or not, independence or not: Catalonia divided https://t.co/qJb3S075hu pic.twitter.com/Z88v4xruUJ— The Local Spain (@TheLocalSpain) 23 septembre 2017
While Xavi and his wife Cristina support holding a referendum, they are the only members of their extended family to oppose independence from Spain.