Catalonia joins Scotland in push for 2014 independence vote

Proposed date for referendum will come forward to 2014 in deal that allows Mas to form new government.

Europe faces an unprecedented attempt by two regions to form new states in 2014 after politicians in Catalonia reached an agreement to call a referendum in the same year that Scots will be asked whether they want independence.

A basic agreement between nationalist Catalan president Artur Mas and the separatist Catalan Republican Left (ERC) party will result in the latter propping up Mas’s new minority government.

The price for support is the setting of a time limit on a self-determination referendum. Mas had promised to hold one by 2017 but ERC has forced him to commit to 2014, according to Spanish press reports citing those involved in negotiations. The agreement with ERC will allow Mas, who remains in power despite losing parliamentary seats in elections last month, to form a new government shortly, according to the reports.

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