The law about the legality of the independence referendum in Catalonia has been canceled; this is stated in the verdict of the Constitutional Court of Spain, released on October 17 and cited by El Pais.
‘The Constitutional Court of Spain found that the urge (for Catalan independence, - 112 International) is unconstitutional, and therefore, the respective law of Catalonia No.19/2017, approved on September 6, is also unconstitutional and invalid’, reads the verdict.
Previously, the Spanish court suspended the action of this law in order to check its legality; however, the Catalonian government held the referendum anyway, in breach of the Spanish law.
As is known, on October 1, the referendum on the withdrawal from Spain was held in Catalonia. 2.26 million out of 5.31 million Catalan voters took part in it. On the day of voting, there were clashes between law enforcers and supporters of the referendum, about 900 people were injured.
King of Spain did not recognize the referendum on independence, and the Catalan leader accused the King of Spain of "ignoring millions." Later, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said that his government could use constitutional powers to end the autonomy of Catalonia to prevent the region from seceding from Spain.