Law on the Referendum on Self-determination of Catalonia

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Law on the Referendum on Self-determination
Law on a Self-determination Referendum on the Independence of Catalonia
Citation «This Law governs the holding of a binding self-determination referendum on the independence of Catalonia, the consequences depending on the result, and the creation of the Electoral Commission of Catalonia»
Territorial extent Catalonia
Considered by Parliament of Catalonia
Date passed 6 September 2017
Date repealed 7 September 2017
Related legislation
Law of transitional jurisprudence and foundation of the Republic
Status: Repealed

The Law on the Referendum on Self-determination of Catalonia (Catalan: Llei del referèndum d'autodeterminació), is the name of a Catalan law that governs the holding of the Catalan independence referendum of October 1, 2017, a binding self-determination referendum on the independence of Catalonia.[1][2] [3] [4]

On September 6, 2017, after more than 12 hours of heated debate, the Parliament of Catalonia passed the law with 72 votes in favor from the pro-independence ruling coalition JxSí and CUP-CC; the opposition party CSQP abstained (10 votes) and other 52 opposition parliamentarians left the chamber before the votes were cast.[5][6][7] Even though the laws were public weeks before, the vote didn't appear on the day's agenda until the very last minute to avoid the Spanish Constitutional Court banning it.[8] Some opposition parties accused the regional body's top speaker, Carme Forcadell, of fast-tracking the law through parliament by altering the day's agenda to introduce the issue, not allowing them to appeal the law before being put up to vote.[9] Members from JxSí acknowledged it was not their preferred method, but justified it in that it was the only way to get the bill on the floor without being blocked and that it was not "any ordinary law".[citation needed] Some months later the Spanish Constitutional Court endorsed the reform of the Parliament regulation that allowed passing the law.[10][11]

It was suspended on September 7 by the Constitutional Court after accepting an appeal from the Spanish government.[12][13]

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  1. ^ "Referendum law makes it to Parliament". Catalan News Agency. 6 September 2017. Retrieved 9 September 2017. 
  2. ^ "Referendum law passed in Parliament". Catalan News Agency. 6 September 2017. Retrieved 9 September 2017. 
  3. ^ Parra, Aritz (6 September 2017). "Catalonia officially sets independence vote for Oct. 1". The Washington Post. Retrieved 9 September 2017. 
  4. ^ Stothard, Michael (6 September 2017). "Catalonia passes bill for vote on independence from Spain". Financial Times. Retrieved 9 September 2017. 
  5. ^ "El Parlament aprova la llei del referèndum després de 12 hores de debat crispat". Diari Ara (in Catalan). Barcelona. 6 September 2017. Retrieved 9 April 2018. 
  6. ^ Parra, Aritz (6 September 2017). "Catalonia officially sets independence vote for Oct. 1". The Washington Post. Retrieved 9 September 2017. 
  7. ^ "Referendum law makes it to Parliament". Catalan News Agency. 6 September 2017. Retrieved 9 September 2017. 
  8. ^ "El Parlament vol aprovar la Llei del Referèndum aquest dimecres amb els vots de JxSí i la CUP". Catalunya Press (in Catalan). 2 September 2017. Retrieved 9 April 2018. 
  9. ^ https://www.cnbc.com/2017/09/07/spain-catalonia-officially-sets-independence-vote-for-october-1.html
  10. ^ Puente, Arturo (29 November 2017). "El Constitucional avala la reforma del reglamento del Parlament que impulsaron JxSí y la CUP". eldiario.es. Madrid. Retrieved 9 April 2018. 
  11. ^ "El TC avala la reforma del reglament del Parlament". Diari Ara (in Catalan). Barcelona. 29 November 2017. Retrieved 9 April 2018. 
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  13. ^ "El TC suspèn la llei del Referèndum". CCMA (in Catalan). Barcelona. 7 September 2017. Retrieved 9 April 2018. 

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