Spain's Constitutional Court suspends second law linked to Catalan referendum

Reuters News
Posted: Sep 12, 2017 8:21 AM

MADRID (Reuters) - The Spanish Constitutional Court has suspended a Catalan law outlining a legal framework for an independent state, a court source said on Tuesday, an expected move after it suspended a law approving an Oct. 1 independence referendum last week.

The Constitutional Court, the country's highest authority on constitutional matters, has suspended both laws while judges consider whether they breach the 1978 constitution.

The laws were approved by the Catalan parliament on Wednesday. Spain's government has declared any referendum on independence illegal as the constitution states that Spain is indivisible.

(Reporting by Inmaculada Sanz; writing by Jesús Aguado; editing by Sonya Dowsett)