September 29, 2017 / 12:01 PM / a year ago

There will be no vote in Catalonia on Sunday: Spain government

MADRID (Reuters) - A planned vote in Catalonia on Sunday on independence from Spain will not go ahead, Spain’s government spokesman Inigo Mendez de Vigo said on Friday.

A farmer raises his fist at an overflying police helicopter while driving his tractor in a protest to show support for the banned referendum on independence from Spain in Barcelona, Spain, September 29, 2017. REUTERS/Juan Medina

“I insist that there will be no referendum on Oct. 1,” Mendez de Vigo said during a press conference following the weekly cabinet meeting, reiterating the government’s position that the vote was illegal.

Reporting by Paul Day; Editing by Sonya Dowsett

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