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First Brexit and Catalonia, now Italy holds autonomy referendum

Italy’s wealthy northern regions of Lombardy and Veneto are going to vote on whether to take more control over their own affairs. The result of the ballots will not be binding.

Italy’s wealthy northern regions of Lombardy and Veneto are going to vote on whether to take more control over their own affairs.

The result of the ballots will not be binding.

The two regions account for about 30 percent of Italy‘s GDP.

Some say they resent the amount of their taxes being used to pay for services in the poorer south, but others view it as a shrewd political move by the Northern League, which has called for independence in the past.

Al Jazeera’s Hoda Abdel-Hamid reports from Venice.