Spanish court blocks referendum Catalan independence

Spanish court blocks referendum Catalan independence

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The Spanish Supreme court last Thursday, a referendumwet suspended that Wednesday was adopted by the Catalan parliament. This is the way to a referendum on Catalan independence on 1 October blocked.

That has a source inside the Court said Thursday it.

The law will be suspended until the judges have discussed the question, or that the Spanish constitution violates.

The Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy said earlier on Thursday that he the Supreme court had asked the planned referendum illegal. According to the Spanish constitution, Spain is an undivided whole.

The Catalan regional government of prime minister Carles Puigdemont, has together with its small coalition partner, a majority that independence in mind.

Catalonia is an autonomous, prosperous region in the northeast of Spain, of which Barcelona is the capital. The call for separation from the rest of Spain was fueled by the economic crisis in the country.

Unofficial referendum

Separatist politicians, organized three years ago an unofficial referendum on independence. But only their supporters showed up. Approximately 80 percent of the voters voted then for separation from Spain, but only 2.3 million of the targeted 5.4 million voters brought to a vote.

In recent polls, there are somewhat more Catalans who discharge refuse Catalans who are.

Catalonia occupies 6.6 percent of the Spanish kingdom and 16 percent of the 47 million Spaniards live there. The region accounts for almost 20 percent of the Spanish gross domestic product.

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