Here you have the leader of the pro-independence Catalan Government, Artur Mas, commenting on the Scottish independence referendum (partly in English, from about 10 minutes into the video).
"I would like to congratulate the Scottish people and the British people for the strong and powerful message of democracy which they have sent to the entire world. The vote in Scotland has taken place, and the Scottish people have chosen to renew their relationship with the rest of the United Kingdom, with more powers given to their government, with more dignity given to the Scottish people within their existing state. They made a positive choice. The strong vote for creating a new state, a minority this time, is still so large that it cannot be ignored in the future.
The United Kingdom has shown today that it is a mature society, where difficult subjects can be resolved through civilized dialogue and through democracy, real democracy. Nothing is more normal than to talk about the future of your state and then to decide by asking the people concerned. We seek nothing more than the chance to make a similar choice for our people, for the Catalan people. That is, let me say, the European way. That is the way, the good way, the right way of the 21st century.
I would also like to add that, after seeing the strong message which the Scottish (and British) people sent to the world, we think that the Catalan political process will be reinforced in the next few weeks, and, in fact, as President of the Catalan Government, let me say that the Catalan political process will go on and will go ahead. And my message to Madrid and to the central institutions of the Spanish state is that, when you allow people to vote, this is something which strengthens the unity of that people and reinforces the concept of democracy.
This is the way, this is the right way, this is the only way to resolve differences and to try to resolve problems that may arise in a society but that can be channelled through the ballot boxes. And this is what the British people understood a couple of years ago. This is what Scottish people asked for some years ago. This is what they agreed a couple of years ago. And now today we can see the success of this way, and we can see that the Scottish people decided to stay united with the rest of the United Kingdom. This is their decision. We fully respect that decision, of course, and we also would like to point out that prime minister David Cameron said: "I could have blocked the referendum in Scotland, but I'm a democrat." And this is something that should be heard in Madrid.
Is it possible to block a referendum? Maybe, but a real democrat refuses to block a referendum when the majority of the people asking for the right to decide try to resolve this difference through real democracy."
On the same day the Catalan Parliament passed a referendum Act (Llei de consultes populars no referendàries i participació ciutadana), in accordance with which a non-binding Catalan self-determination referendum or consulta is to be held on November 9th, in conformity, it is argued, with an Article of the 2006 Catalan Statute of Autonomy. The Spanish government, however, considers these proceedings to be in breach of the 1978 basic law of the Spanish constitution, maintaining that in Spain no proceedings are democratic which are not in conformity with that law.