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Spain's high court puts brakes on Catalan independence bid
Spain's high court puts brakes on Catalan independence bid

In a unanimous decision, Spain's Constitutional Court on Monday halted plans by the northeast region of Catalonia to hold a referendum on independence. The Catalan parliament and regional leader Artur Mas had declared a Nov. 9 non-binding vote on secession from Spain. A majority of town councils in the northeastern Spanish region also approved the plan. But Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy lodged a 100-page appeal in the country's highest court Monday, requesting that Catalonia's plans be ruled illegal. "It's clearly against our constitution, which says national sovereignty corresponds to everyone... and that no part [of the whole] can decide for...

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