A total of 104 regional MPs out of 135, 77 per cent of the Catalonian Parliament, support a dialogue with the Spanish government to agree on a legal self-determination referendum in 2014.

In January, 85 of them voted for a declaration to consider the region as “a political and judicial sovereign subject”, with the Catalan socialist party (PSC) voting against. Now the PSC, the third party in the regional parliament, voted in favour of the dialogue for a referendum. But the national division of the party, the PSOE, is at odds with the PSC on this matter, and opposes any referendum.

According to Spanish legislation, only central government has the right to call a referendum.