Tension Mounts as Spain and Catalonia Face Off Over the Catalan Independence Referendum
The Spanish and Catalan governments moved a step closer to their inevitable head on collision yesterday. The Spanish government sent the Catalan Referendum Law to the Spanish Constitutional Court who promptly declared it unconstitutional and also announced legal proceedings against the Catalan politicians who tabled it and Spanish President Mariano Rajoy stated that the referendum would not take place under any circumstances. Meanwhile, in Catalonia, 560 out of 600 town mayors declared that they would be prepared to risk prosecution and would take part in organising the referendum in their towns and the Catalan Parliament debated and approved the crucial Law of Transitory Legality, which would a void a legal vacuum throughout the first months of an independent Catalan Republic.
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