Madrid to challenge Catalan independence referendum in court

Rajoy, referendum unconstitutional

29 September, 15:35

    Madrid to challenge Catalan independence referendum in court Madrid to challenge Catalan independence referendum in court

    (ANSAmed) - MADRID - The Spanish cabinet on Monday approved a move to challenge a Catalan decree setting a referendum on independence November 9.

    The Spanish cabinet decision means it will appeal the Catalan vote on independence in the Spanish Constitutional Court. "The consultation on self-determination wishes to make the (regional government) Generalitat president be attentive to the rights of all the Spaniards. The Constitution is based on the insoluble unity of Spain," said Premier Mariano Rajoy, at the end of the cabinet meeting.

    "I have always maintained dialogue with (Catalan President) Artur Mas. I am willing to negotiate, but the Generalitat is still continuing politics of fait accompli and unilateral decisions," said Rajoy.

    "The consultation" convened for the decree signed Saturday by Artur Mas "is neither compatible with the constitution in subject matter nor procedure," said the leader of the conservative People's Party (PP). Rajoy said the government "is obliged to present an appeal before the Constitutional Court in defence of all Spaniards, including Catalans".

    Rajoy left the door open to constitutional reform.

    "The first thing is to defend the constitution. Then we will talk about reforming it," he said.

    Despite the distance in positions between Spain and Catalonia, Rajoy also offered "dialogue within the law" to Artur Mas, to whom he said, "We are still in time to straighten the course".(ANSAmed).

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