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UNCIVIL: Court move deepens Spanish standoff over Catalan secession
MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's Constitutional Court blocked Catalonia's attempted secession process on Wednesday by agreeing to hear a Spanish government appeal against it, deepening a stand-off over the potential breakaway.
Catalonia's regional parliament passed a resolution this week setting out a plan to establish a republic within 18 months in the highly industrialized and populous northeastern region which accounts for about a fifth of Spain's economic output.
"This is a warning to (Catalan leaders) that if they fail to comply with the suspension, they may commit disobedience," read the ruling by the Madrid-based high court.
As Catalan leaders elected in September have specifically vowed to ignore the rulings of the Constitutional Court, it is unclear what the next move in the confrontation could be.
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