Spanish court blocks Catalonia’s second law on referendum

‘The Constitutional Court of Spain has suspended another referendum law ratified in the regional parliament of Catalonia as Madrid struggles to block a vote of independence in the region planned for earlier next month.

The court, which serves as the highest Spanish authority on constitutional issues, said on Tuesday that the law outlining a legal framework for the October 1 referendum of independence in Catalonia would be suspended until judges decide its compliance with the Spanish constitution.

The Catalonia parliament had approved the law on September 6 along with another decision to endorse the referendum itself. The Constitutional Court in Madrid had earlier suspended the first law and warned that it would punish civil servants contributing to the vote in any form.’

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