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​Extraordinary Council of Ministers

Government appeals law passed by Regional Government of Catalonia to authorise referendum on self-rule before Constitutional Court

Moncloa Palace, Madrid, Thursday 7 September 2017
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Pool Moncloa/Diego Crespo

The government also challenged the decree to call the referendum, the complementary rules to carry this out and the appointment of the members of the Electoral Board.

The Council of Ministers, meeting on an extraordinary basis, agreed to ask the President of the Government, Mariano Rajoy, to lodge an appeal as unconstitutional against Law 19/2017, of 6 September, approved by the Regional Government of Catalonia, on the referendum on self-rule, expressly invoking Article 161.2 of the Spanish Constitution, in an attempt to suspend said law.

The President of the Government gave instructions to the State Attorney's Office to immediately present this appeal, as he explained in a press briefing following the Cabinet meeting.

The President of the Government also reported on the agreement to challenge the non-binding provisions and resolutions of the regional governments in relation to Decree 139/2017, of 6 September, to call a referendum on self-rule in Catalonia.

The government also proposes challenging the non-binding provisions and resolutions of the regional governments in relation to Decree140/2017, of 6 September, approving the complementary rules to hold the referendum on self-rule in Catalonia.

Lastly, the Council of Ministers approved an agreement under which it proposes to challenge the non-binding provisions and resolutions of the regional governments in relation to Resolution 807/XI of the Regional Parliament of Catalonia appointing five members of the Electoral Board.

In these appeals, the government "calls for all these provisions to be provisionally declared null and void and suspended, while awaiting the corresponding ruling to be handed down", highlighted Mariano Rajoy.