Spanish court further obstructs Catalan independence vote

Spanish court further obstructs Catalan independence vote
By Euronews
Share this articleComments
Share this articleClose Button
Copy/paste the article video embed link below:Copy to clipboardCopied

A Spanish court has suspended a Catalan law which outlined a legal framework for an independent state.

ADVERTISEMENT

A Spanish court has suspended a Catalan law which outlined a legal framework for an independent state.

The Catalan parliament passed a law last Wednesday which approved a referendum on independence but Spain’s government has now challenged laws linked to the ballot in the courts. It suspended the law approving the vote, scheduled for October 1, last week.

Spain’s highest authority on such matters, the Constitutional Court, halted the move by the Catalan parliament while judges now consider whether it is against the country’s constitution.

The central government in Madrid claims politicians in Catalan only have the power to call an election not a referendum.

Last week, Spain’s Attorney General, José Manuel Maza, issued a lawsuit against the president of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont.

Support for independence in Catalan has diminished in recent years, according to polls, but the majority of citizens there want to vote on the issue.

Most of Catalonia’s 948 mayors have already pledged to allow the use of public spaces for the proposed referendum but the Mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, has asked for assurances that civil servants involved will not risk losing their jobs.

On Monday hundreds of thousands of people rallied in Barcelona to support the secession from Madrid.

Share this articleComments

You might also like

Poland's ruling party drags German chancellor into referendum debate

Poles voting in October's general election will face referendum questions on migration too

Climate activists rejoice as Swiss voters back new law with net zero target for 2050