Spain’s PM appeals to court over Catalan independence

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The Spanish government and Catalan authorities took a step further on Friday (28 July), in their showdown ahead of an independence referendum planned for 1 October in Catalonia.

Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy announced that he would appeal to the Constitutional Tribunal against a text, passed in the Catalan parliament earlier this week, which would facilitate the adoption of a bill to organise the referendum.

The government “is ensuring legality, and the defence of Catalan institutions and their functioning,” Rajoy said in a press conference after a cabinet meeting.

The reform of the parliament’s rules, passed by Catalan MPs on Tuesday, allows a political group to push a bill through an emergency single reading, reducing the time for debates and the possibilities for amendments.

A draft referendum bill was presented early July, which says the parliament would declare Catalonia’s independence “within two days” if voters opt for it on 1 October.

The Catalan parliament’s reform would “liquidate national sovereignty,” Rajoy said on Friday.

He decided to appeal to the Constitutional Tribunal after the Council of State, an advisory body, said that there was enough “legal ground to appeal over unconstitutionality”…

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