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Spain's top court knocks back Catalan moves for an independence vote

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Spain's top court knocks back Catalan moves for an independence vote

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Spain’s Constitutional Court has partially ruled Catalonia’s sovereignty claim as illegal.

Lawmakers in the northern region last year adopted a declaration of self determination, calling for a referendum.

The Madrid court said they have no right to infringe Spain’s constitution.

Catalan’s President Artur Mas who has promised to hold a vote on November 9 has been encouraged by a groundswell of public support for his separatist policies.

However both Madrid and the European Union oppose the idea of full independence.