The Spanish government on Friday continued its legal pursuit to nullify a Catalonian independence bid in a Constitutional Court case that has jolted Spain's politics into action.
Lawmakers in the autonomous parliament of affluent Catalonia region ratified a bill that seeks to outline Catalonia's hypothetical withdrawal from Spain and the future creation of a sovereign independent republic late on Thursday, following hours of debate in a session boycotted by pro-unionist camps.
The Law of Judicial Transition and Foundation of the Republic became the latest in a slew of regionally adopted laws to be brought before the Constitutional Court in Madrid by the right-wing Popular Party government of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.
The government's actions have been approved by the highest consultative body in the nation, the Council of State.
The Constitutional Court had already suspended a previous piece of legislation passed by the Catalonian parliament, the Referendum Law and Transition Act, which wrote the independence poll, slated for Oct. 1, into local law.
Such legal action, lodged by the government on the grounds that it violates Spain's constitution, has been dismissed by secessionist politicians in Catalonia, who have said they would press ahead with the vote nonetheless.
Furthermore, action taken by Spain's Attorney General against the Catalonian President Carles Puigdemont, his entire regional cabinet and the leaders of the regional parliament progressed on Friday when the same approach was adopted by regional prosecutors in Catalonia.
Spanish police agents also conducted raids at a printing company in the Catalonian town of Constantí in search of material related to the controversial poll.
After the referendum law was ratified, senior regional officials released a statement demanding that mayors of Catalonian towns confirm the availability of polling stations for Oct. 1 within 48 hours.
The order was counteracted by the PP, who warned of legal consequences should mayors choose to facilitate the referendum.
Pro-separatists hold a majority in the Catalonian parliament, where their actions have triggered a nation-wide debate on national identity.
The two major parties in Spain's national parliament, the PP and the Socialist Party (PSOE), as well as the smaller, business-friendly Citizens (Ciudadanos) concur on the illegality of the referendum, as has the Constitutional Court on several previous occasions.