Spain rules Catalan independence vote unconstitutional

Spanish constitutional court rules against right for Catalans to vote for independence

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The Spanish constitutional court ruled Catalonia’s hopes for a symbolic vote for independence unconstitutional.

Catalonia planned to hold a symbolic vote for independence on Nov. 9, 2014, the court cancelled the vote calling it unconstitutional.

The court declared on Thursday that it had unanimously decided to cancel the referendum and upheld the Spanish government as having full authority over the Catalonian region.

Spain’s Prime Minister Marina Rajoy earlier had called Catalonia’s Nov.9 vote a "complete failure."

“Spain will not change its position nor will we offer any special plan for Catalonia’s independence,” Rajoy said, at a press conference.

Only one third of Catalans voted which means the referendum was a failure, Rajoy said.

"It was not a democratic vote, it was an act of political propaganda,” he added.

Rajoy’s remarks followed the President of the Catalan government, Artur Mas, calling on Spain’s PM to organise the legal structure for Catalans to hold an independence referendum.

Rajoy rejected the possibility of such a referendum.

"The parliament of Catalonia is empowered to initiate a process of constitutional reform. It is the only legal way to approach this process, and Mas knows this," Rajoy said.

Rajoy criticised Mas for denying to accept the rulings of the Spanish constitutional court.

“What was illegal one year ago remains illegal today," Rajoy said.

Rajoy urged Mas to respect constitutional decisions.

On Nov. 9, 2014, over 1.5 million Catalans voted and took part in a symbolic independence referendum. The turnout was 37 percent and 80 percent of the casted votes supported Catalonian independent statehood.


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