While former Catalan leader has fled to Belgium, Madrid is making another step towards recognizing the Catalan independence referendum, held on October 1, illegal.
On Friday the Constitutional Court of Spain declared the three complementary laws, passed as a part of the Catalan referendum law, unconstitutional and annuled them.
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The talk in particular is about the Catalan Generalitat’s decree on the holding of the referendum of September 6 and the resolution of the Catalan parliament on the formation of an election commission.
On October 17 the court also ruled that convocation of the referendum was illegitimate as only Spain’s Parliament can address questions of sovereignty and the Constitution enshrines the “indivisible” status of Spain.
The constitutional crisis in Spain deepened after the Catalonia’s parliament in a secret vote declared independence which led to the invocation of the Article 155 by the central government. Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy stripped the rebellious region of its autonomous status and dismissed the Catalan government and called snap regional elections for December 21.
On Thursday sacked ministers as well as former Catalan’s president Carles Puigdemont had to appear at the Spanish court as they are accused of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds. Nine cabinet members were ordered to be held in custody over their role in the Catalan independence push, whereas Puigdemont and four other Catalan leaders who fled to Belgium did not show up to court. Jailed Catalonia leader Santi Vila, who resigned before a unilateral declaration of independence, left jail after paying bail. A Spanish court had reportedly issued an international arrest warrant for Carles Puigdemont and four ex-ministers.