Spain's high court puts brakes on Catalan independence bid

September 29, 2014 11:04 PM

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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...

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