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The Constitutional Court annuls the law by which the referendum was called in Catalonia

Ⓒ AFP/Archivos – Lluís Gené – | The Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont, speaks from the platform of speakers of the regional Parliament, on 10 October in Barcelona

The Spanish Constitutional Court definitively annulled on Tuesday the Catalan law by which the regional executive convened the banned referendum on independence on October 1, recalling that Catalonia does not have the right to self-determination.

The court said in a statement that it “declared the unconstitutionality and nullity of the entire Catalan Law 19/2017, dated 6 September, known as ‘the referendum on self-determination’, which was suspended on a precautionary basis on 7 September.

“There is no ‘right of self-determination’ for any of the ‘peoples of Spain’,” said the unanimous decision of the 12 judges of the court. The “right” to promote and complete its unilateral secession of the State … is not recognized in the Constitution, “he added.

Since 2014, the Spanish judiciary has systematically annulled the decisions and resolutions of the Catalan government and parliament aimed at organizing a referendum on self-determination.

The law that called for the referendum was suspended the day after being voted by the Catalan regional parliament, in a chaotic session that was described by Unionist deputies as a “coup” of the pro-independence majority.

The referendum took place on 1 October, despite the efforts of the central government and the Spanish judiciary to prevent it, and was marked by police charges.

The poll, which did not count with the usual electoral guarantees, was won by the ‘yes’ with 90% of the votes and a 43% participation, according to the independentistas.

The central government insists that the Catalan authorities are in the “illegality” and threaten to suspend, in part or in full, the autonomy of Catalonia.

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