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Spanish government asks court to warn Catalan parliament speaker

Spain’s acting socialist (PSOE) government has challenged two Catalan Parliament resolutions in the Constitutional Court, and asked the court to remind the speaker and parliament’s bureau of their ‘duty to impede any initiative’ in the future that aims to ‘skirt’ the high court’s rulings.

Acting government spokeswoman, Isabel Celáa, announced the legal challenges on Friday, calling for the ‘immediate suspension’ and ‘overturning’ of one resolution defending the right to self-determination and another admonishing King Felipe VI.

Territorial policy minister, Luis Planas, added that the executive has asked the Constitutional Court to issue a ‘clear warning’ to the parliament speaker, Roger Torrent, that not complying with the court’s rulings could have ‘particularly serious’ criminal consequences.

Spanish government representatives Luis Planas, Isabel Celaá and Nadia Calviño during a press conference on 4 October 2019. (Andrea Zamorano)

The two resolutions in question were passed thanks to the votes of the pro-independence parties in the Catalan parliament on 25 July, after the Constitutional Court had already overturned them the previous year.

Planas added that the government would also challenge recent resolutions passed in the Catalan Parliament calling for the Guardia Civil police to be withdrawn from Catalonia, legitimising institutional disobedience, and ratifying the right to self-determination.

After the resolutions were published in the Catalan Parliament’s official gazette following Friday’s announcement, sources in the Spanish government confirmed that the next legal challenge would be filed with the court next week.

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