Spain’s Constitutional Court has suspended next Monday’s session of Catalan parliament, in a bid to pre-empt a possible push for independence.
The court said such a move would be “a breach of the constitution”.
Earlier Prime Minister Mario Rajoy warned Catalonia’s regional government against declaring independence after a disputed vote last Sunday.
According to BBC News, Catalan leader had indicated that he could make such a declaration at next week’s session.
In today’s ruling, the Constitutional Court upheld a challenge by Catalonia’s Socialist Party, which opposes secession from Spain.
Allowing the regional parliament to meet and declare independence, the court said, would violate the rights of the party’s Members of Parliament (MPs).