Spain's Constitutional Court ordered the suspension with immediate effect of the Monday, October 9 session of the Catalan Parliament during which it is expected separatist MPs and the pro-independence Speaker, Carme Forcadell, will attempt to declare independence from Spain.

The session has a "special constitutional transcendence", said the twelve justices, and the matter is of "relevant social and economic repercussion", as well as having "general political consequences".

It declared any attempt, event, resolution or agreement to contravene the suspension "radically void" and ordered...