Friday 20 September 2019

Top Spanish court halts Catalan independence referendum plan

Some Catalonians wants independence from the rest of Spain
Some Catalonians wants independence from the rest of Spain

Spain's top court has ordered the suspension of the Catalan regional government's new plan for a referendum on the powerful region's secession from the rest of the country.

The decision is the latest in the legal battle between the central government and separatist-minded Catalan authorities who promise to bring about the region's independence next year.

The Constitutional Court said it ordered the suspension while it studied a legal challenge to the referendum by the Spanish government.

Catalonia says it will hold a referendum by September. An attempt to hold a similar referendum in 2014 was blocked by the court.

The Madrid government says neither secession nor a referendum is permitted under the country's constitution.

Polls consistently show that Catalonia's 7.5 million residents are equally divided on breaking from Spain.

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