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Madrid puts Catalan independence on hold

Artur Mas i Gavarró is a Spanish politician, the President of the Generalitat de Catalunya

Artur Mas i Gavarró is a Spanish politician, the President of the Generalitat de Catalunya

Madrid puts Catalan independence on hold – Spain

Spain’s Constitutional Court put on Wednesday a brake on Catalonia’s referendum on independence

May 2013

In January, Catalonia’s regional parliament passed a "declaration of sovereignty" which it said gave Catalonia grounds "to exercise its right to decide" its political future.

 
But the national government rejected efforts by Catalonia’s leaders for greater independence and challenged the resolution as a threat to the "unity" of Spain guaranteed by the constitution. The Constitutional Court in a written decision agreed to hear the government’s appeal, meaning the resolution is on hold under Spanish law until the court makes a final ruling.
 
The court has now five months to decide on whether the January declaration is constitutional.
 
Source: AFP / The Local