Madrid - The Spanish Constitutional Court on Monday provisionally blocked a proposed independence referendum by the Spanish province of Catalonia.
The court's ruling means that Catalonia, unlike Scotland, may not go forward with plans to hold a referendum it scheduled for November 9. Scottish voters rejected independence in the referendum held in the British province on September 18.
But Catalan voters won't get that chance, at least not so soon. Within a few hours of hearing the case, the court in Madrid ruled unanimously in favour of Spain's government, which had gone to the court to block the independence vote.
But the ruling only suspends the referendum and is valid for a maximum of five months. When the period runs out, the court can either lift the suspension or extend it until the court rules definitively on the matter.