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Scotland independence: Catalan leader Artur Mas praises UK mentality

19 January 2014 Last updated at 06:12 GMT

Catalonia's president has praised Britain's pragmatic approach to the referendum on Scottish independence, saying it is likely to hold the UK together.

In contrast, Artur Mas told the BBC that Spain's tough stance is driving Catalonia further towards independence.

Speaking to the BBC's Allan Little, President Mas said he would press ahead with a controversial vote on independence in Catalonia in November, even though the Spanish government says this is illegal and it will block it.

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