• Constitutional Court issues 5-month injunction against resolution
• Court decision warn Catalonia’s leaders over further implementation
Spain’s highest court on constitutional matters, the Tribunal Constitucional, has issued an injunction on 11 November suspending all effects and any further actions based on the Catalan independence resolution passed by Cataluña’s parliament on 9 November in a 72-63 vote along party lines.
In response to a petition filed by the government of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, the court injunction effectively suspends for a period of five-months any activities related to the parliamentary resolution while the court’s justices consider the matter.
The court also agreed to directly notify 21 Catalan government officials and parliamentary leaders, including acting Catalan President Artur Mas, that they would face court proceedings and possible legal sanctions should they fail to honor the court’s suspension of the independence resolution.
The 9 November resolution called on Cataluña’s parliament to immediately begin work on laws creating a new Catalan constitution and assuming jurisdiction over healthcare and taxation functions that currently are within the domain of the Spanish central government.