A regional party leader has confirmed that the Catalan government has forfeited plans to hold a public vote on independence from Spain.

RT reports:

Catalan President Artur Mas announced the cancellation of the November 9 referendum at a meeting between the parties seeking Catalonia’s independence and the regional government. The cancellation is because of a lack of legal guarantees, El Pais newspaper reported. Instead, the government will hold a public participation process ? a series of town hall meetings and debates ? on the political future of the province.

“The (regional) government has determined that the consultation can’t take place,” Joan Herrera of the Initiative for Catalonia, a political party in the province, told reporters following the meeting.

In the meantime, while the participatory process is finalized, the pro-independence groups will seek to get the most out of the provincial laws on consulting the Catalan people, which the Constitutional Court failed to suspend when it originally blocked the non-binding vote at the end of September.

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— Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly

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