Constitutional Court rejects blocking motion on Catalan independence

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THE Constitutional Court in Spain has given a unanimous decision to reject the blocking of a debate on the motion to begin Catalan independence.

The Popular Party, the Socialists and Ciudadanos moved to block the debate, set for Monday, and while the court accepted the appeals made by the three parties it has decided not to suspend the debate saying parliament was “the natural place for a political debate.”

“The eventual result of the debate should not affect the viability of the debate in advance,” the court added.

The opposition to the debate is based on the parties´ contention that the session would be in breach of Article 23 of the Constitution with regard to active participation.

The Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has been seeking backing for his position on Catalonia and has met with the heads of the other main parties in Spain, including a first time meeting with Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias.

This comes after the ruling separatist bloc, Junts pel Sí, and the far left CUP drafted a motion that calls for the initiation of the process to create an independent Catalan state.

The Catalan parliament will now have 10 days within which to send the court the necessary documents about its statements regarding the appeal.

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