Friday, 8 September 2017

Spain's constitutional Court blocks independence referendum



Spain's constitutional court has suspended a referendum law passed by the Catalan parliament to hold a vote on independence next month.

 
The court says it will consider whether the law breaches Spain's constitution.


Despite the decision, Catalan leaders say the vote will be held as planned on 1 October.


PM Mariano Rajoy said he had appealed to the court to declare the referendum illegal, describing the law as an "intolerable act of disobedience".


Spain's wealthy north-eastern region already has autonomous powers but the regional government says it has popular support for full secession.
Hours after the constitutional court's decision, the Catalan Parliament approved the legal framework for a transition in the case of a victory for independence.




BBC     News.