September 7, 2017 / 12:42 PM / a year ago

Spanish PM Rajoy to ask court to revoke Catalan referendum law

MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Thursday he would ask Spain’s constitutional court to revoke a referendum law passed on Wednesday by the Catalan parliament that sets the stage for a Oct. 1 vote on splitting from Spain.

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy heads a special cabinet meeting at the Moncloa Palace a day after Catalonia's regional parliament voted to hold an October 1 independence referendum, in Madrid, Spain, September 7, 2017. REUTERS/Susana Vera

The law, passed by a majority of Catalan lawmakers, was unconstitutional, Rajoy told a news conference.

Spain’s state prosecutors’ office said on Thursday it would present criminal charges against leading members of the Catalan parliament for allowing Wednesday’s parliamentary vote to go ahead.

Reporting by Sonya Dowsett and Jesus Aguado; Writing by Angus Berwick

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