7 September 2017
By Justice Nwafor
Spainish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, has described as illegal the laws passed by the Catalan region to hold a referendum on independence. The vote is slated to hold 1st October.
The pro-independence majority in Catalonia’s parliament passed the referendum law on Wednesday.
The Minister said he will ask the courts to revoke the laws passed by the region.
The state prosecutors earlier said they would bring criminal charges against Catalan leaders for their endorsement of the referendum.
“What is not legal, is not democratic,” said Mr. Rajoy. He described the law as an “intolerable act of disobedience” and said the constitutional court would be asked to nullify it.
The Minister also added that all local councils would be warned of their “obligation to impede or paralyse” any effort to carry out the vote.