Spain’s top court has officially cancelled Catalonia’s declaration of independence

Catalans celebrate the October 27 declaration of independence, which has now been cancelled.

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Catalans celebrate the October 27 declaration of independence, which has now been cancelled.
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    Spain’s Constitutional Court has overruled Catalonia’s declaration. The region announced its autonomy 12 days ago, and has faltered since. Several Catalan ministers are in jail, and its president is in Belgium.

The highest legal authority in Spain has officially overruled Catalonia’s unilateral declaration of independence.

Spain’s Constitutional Court gave a ruling on the declaration on Wednesday afternoon, according to the Reuters news agency.

The statement, taken after a vote by the Catalan parliament, plunged the region into crisis 12 days ago.

Spain dissolved the Catalan parliament, and fired its president and all of its deputies immediately after the October 27 declaration, using constitutional powers which allow them to take back control from the regional.

The Spanish High Court also remanded into custody eight senior members of the Catalan government, including Vice President Oriol Junqueras, without bail last week.

They face charges including rebellion, sedition, and embezzlement, which carry 30-year prison sentences.

Meanwhile, Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont is in Brussels, the capital of Belgium, where he said he would run the Catalan government remotely, though this plan has yet to bear fruit.

He handed himself in to Belgian authorities after Spain issued a warrant for his arrest, and has been released on bail.

Madrid hopes to resolve the crisis with a new round of elections, due in late December. Spain has said Puigdemont is free to stand in the elections, but may struggle to do so from Belgium.