Now Voting on Secession: Venice
Non-binding referendum considers 'Republic of Veneto'
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Mar 17, 2014 6:14 AM CDT
Venice is voting in a non-binding referendum on independence.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Could Venice become a sovereign state for the first time in more than 200 years? That's what voters are considering in a non-binding referendum on Venetian independence, the BBC reports. Venice's online vote, which continues all week, raises the possibility of separating from Italy and becoming the Republic of Veneto. Polls suggest about two-thirds of Venetians back the idea. About half the region's 4 million people are expected to vote, but Italian media has taken little notice.

"If there is a majority yes vote, we have scholars drawing up a declaration of independence and there are businesses in the region who say they will begin paying taxes to local authorities instead of to Rome," a leading activist tells the Telegraph. Asked whether Italy's constitution would bar secession, the regional governor pointed to international law, which he said provides for "the right to self-determination." Venice and its surrounding area, Veneto, comprised a sovereign state for 1,000 years, until Napoleon overthrew its leader in 1797, the Telegraph notes. Independence, it seems, is in the air today.

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Mar 17, 2014 6:30 PM CDT
Independence sounds great until you get the bill, even the US went into bankruptcy after the British left.
Mar 17, 2014 5:48 PM CDT
Should we sanction Venice and freeze their assets? Let's send Kerry over to negotiate a deal. We can't have it two ways; Crimea secedes and get our panties tied up in a knot, Venice wants to secedes and we shrug it off.
Mar 17, 2014 12:49 PM CDT
Good luck paying for your own climate change survival, Venice . . .