Spain Asks Court To Block Catalan Parliament Referendum Vote

The Spanish government on Wednesday has asked the Constitutional Court to block the Catalan parliament from voting on a bill that lays the groundwork for an independence referendum.

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“The Spanish government has asked the Constitutional Court to declare void and without effect the agreements adopted” by the Catalan parliament earlier on Wednesday, Spain’s Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria told a news conference.

She blasted the parliament’s agreement to vote on the referendum bill with little debate as an “act of force” that is characteristic of “dictatorial regimes”.

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