Saturday, December 2, 2023

Junts agrees to postpone the referendum in exchange for an amnesty law

The Junts have clearly defined the definitive requirements it requires to allow investment in Pedro Sánchez. The formation he led since Waterloo Carles Puigdemont is in a strategic formation to negotiate the vote of its seven deputies in Congress, whose if so They are important to the socialists. Because of this, the independentists have explained in recent weeks the concessions they will ask for in exchange for these votes. The amnesty law is the beginning, but the second part remains because it is known that the ultimate goal of the Junts is to achieve a referendum on self-determination for Catalonia. Something that, for now, they decided to postpone.

Within the Catalan formation, a step was taken along the pragmatic line, leaving for now the maximalist wish to get from Sánchez the promise of a short referendum. Those in Puigdemont believe that it will be difficult for the social-communist Government to commit to allowing something like this, so they have chosen to postpone this wish and park it in the next legislature. They did it in exchange for Sánchez’s agreement to give the green light to the amnesty law and, as reported by OKDIARIO, recognition of Catalonia as a “nation”.

The amnesty law that Junts demanded from Sánchez to make his amnesty possible should include, they say from the separatist ranks, the 4,000 were charged for the organization and celebration of the illegal 1-O referendum in 2017, and must include those who have been punished criminally and those who have received a fine of up to 500,000 euros.

Regarding the recognition of Catalonia as a “country”, this is the last option that the Junts put on the table in its negotiations with the PSOE to allow its support. This is a novel formula and it means that Sánchez goes beyond what is established in the Constitution, which only refers to the “Spanish Nation” and recognizes the “nationality” that constitutes Spain.

Advisory referendum

In this way, Puigdemont’s team admits the difficulty of getting from Sánchez the promise of a binding referendum – especially with such a small margin, because the Socialists want their agreement with the Junts closed in not yet the 4-N-because it is the one that in Spain would be unconstitutional. Yes, there is an alternative option, which is not the last wish of the Junts but an alternative that Sánchez can offer without violating the Law, which is the so-called consultative referendum. This is a format that can open the door to a complicated process: it contains a non-binding referendum, that is, it does not require accepting its result. In practice, a kind of survey in a big way. But this is a formula that, at the moment, does not satisfy the Junts nor is it decided to ask for the current negotiations, which include the recognition of Catalonia as a “country.”

It also happened that the other party whose support Sánchez needed for his investiture, the PNV (with five seats) put a similar proposal on the table in recent days. The Basque nationalist president, Andoni Ortuzarinsisted this past week in the media as The reason Radio Euskadi that he wants to “tie” the recognition of the Basque Country as a “nation” before the investiture of Sánchez, which the Basque leader himself predicted will happen “on the horn.”

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