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UPDATE 1-Pro-independence Catalan parties say won't back Spanish budget


UPDATE 1-Pro-independence Catalan parties say won't back Spanish budget
Both pro-Catalan independence parties in Spain's national parliament said on Wednesday they would vote against the Socialist government's 2019 budget draft, bringing the country one step closer to a snap election.

The Socialists hold less than a quarter of the seats in parliament and need support from smaller regional parties, including the Catalans, to get the proposal voted through. About an hour before the budget vote, expected around 1200 (1100 GMT), PDeCAT lawmaker Carles Campuzano told reporters there was "no change" to the party's plan to vote against the budget.

Joan Tarda, a lawmaker for the other pro-independence party, the ERC, said it also planned to vote against the bill, barring unexpected last-minute changes. The Catalan parties had called for, amongst other things, the region's right to organise a referendum on independence in exchange for their support in parliament - something the government has refused to consider.

Government and Socialist party sources told Reuters on Tuesday that a defeat on the budget would lead to an early announcement of a snap national election, with April 14 or April 28 among possible dates. Other sources said on Wednesday it was not clear yet when the snap election would be announced. (Reporting by Belen Carreno; Writing by Paul Day; Editing by Ingrid Melander and John Stonestreet)

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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