MADRID (Reuters) - The Spanish Constitutional Court has suspended a referendum law that was approved on Wednesday by the Catalan parliament, blocking the way for an Oct. 1 ballot on independence from Spain, a court source said on Thursday.
The law will be suspended while judges consider arguments that the vote breaches the country’s constitution.
Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said earlier on Thursday he had appealed to the court to declare the referendum illegal. The constitution states Spain is indivisible.
Reporting By Tomas Cobos; Writing by Angus Berwick; Editing by Sonya Dowsett