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The Catalan ‘referendum’ election cautions Scots against an early re-run of Indy

On 27 September 2015, the pro-Catalan independence parties collaborated and fought a rousing general election campaign which they deliberately turned into a ‘referendum’ on independence. The result was at best ambiguous  – they failed to win more than 48% of the votes in a 77% turnout. The voting system tends to benefit the leading parties so they won a a small majority of seats 72 out of 135. The lesson for Scotland is that winning more voters to independence is not easy, takes time and both movements would benefit from building a consensus for independence.

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