The executive of Junts per Catalunya has decided not to support the amnesty law unless major changes to its articles are accepted. The rule, widely demanded by the independence movement, will be submitted this Tuesday to a key vote in Congress, where it can be approved by the House and is only awaiting processing by the Senate. However, the text that arrived at the plenary session did not convince Junts, who demanded that the PSOE consider its amendments, aimed at including any crime in the law, even those classified as terrorism or treason.
As explained by sources from the party, their analysis of the text to be voted on Tuesday in Congress is that the current law does not provide enough guarantees of amnesty to all those involved in the process, causing its changes or, otherwise, repeating the complete text. In his opinion, the various judicial actions in recent days show how the law has loopholes that allow some judges not to use amnesty, something they believe is rejected with their changes.
From the Junts, they emphasized that their idea is to speed up the negotiations, but they also confirmed that at this time they see very little room for an agreement with the PSOE, which is considered to have reached the final agreement last week when it introduced changes to the ERC and Together law.
“Junts has always defended that amnesty should include everyone and should be applied immediately. The amnesty proposal voted today does not guarantee these two goals, especially given the drift of various judicial bodies to boycott the law and leave many pro-independence supporters,” said the text approved by the party leadership.
Due to this situation, the group led by Míriam Nogueras intends to continue negotiations, defending the two amendments that are still alive. However, if the PSOE chooses not to accept it, the group has a mandate not to vote in favor of the law, which means that the text will return to the Justice Commission, where it will have a process of about one month.
It should be taken into account that a legal text can only be fully returned to the commission once; that is, the next time it comes to the final vote, it will fail if it is not approved by an absolute majority.