BBC – Scottish independence: Catalonian lessons for Caledonia?

The former Catalan president, Jordi Pujol, has said that support for independence could increase in Scotland if voters do not get the option of more powers within the UK.

The current government in Barcelona has called for a referendum on independence after Madrid vetoed further fiscal autonomy last month.

A deal on the Scottish referendum is expected to rule out a question on more powers next week.

Jordi Pujol is a towering figure in modern Catalan politics.

Now 82, he was president of the autonomous region from 1980 to 2003.

A friend of the late Labour First Minister Donald Dewar, the former leader of the moderate nationalist party Convergencia Democratica de Catalunya for years championed an autonomous Catalonia within Spain.

So much so he was called a “bulwark” against independence.

But since leaving office he’s changed his mind and now supports an independent state for the region of 7.5 million people.

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