The president of Vox, Santiago Abascal, defended this Saturday the call for a referendum about the recent reform of the Constitution, which eliminated the reduction of the term of Article 49 of the Magna Carta.
It was announced after being re-elected for a fourth term, more complicated than the previous ones, who believed it after losing more than half a million votes in the general election and was asked for the first time by some voices within the party.
The ultra-formation asked for the support of the deputies of the PP and the mixed group to make this consultation. The plenary session of the Senate fully approved this constitutional reform on Thursday with the support of all political groups, except Vox, which was considered to break the “equality” of Spanish.
This reform will not start in force until fifteen days have passed since its approval, which is the time limit in the case of 10% of the Chamber’s request that it be submitted to a referendum, or in general, 35 deputies.
Vox cannot claim the consultation itself because it has 33 representatives, which they got in the last general elections after they lost 19 seats. Because of this, Abascal asked this Saturday, in his speech after his re-election as party leader, for the support of the popular and mixed groups.
“We need both,” he said, so that the Constitution is not changed “through the back door of the Parliament, but it is done in a referendum to determine if the Spanish want to hide the inequality.”
And, for this, he asked “the PP and other representatives of the mixed group to accept that the Spanish are the ones who decide something as important as a constitutional reform.”
Vox rejects the amendment to Article 49 because it considers that the current political era, with “a government subject to the illegal whims of its allies, isnot the most opportune” to change it.
They consider that this reform is necessary, but not the urgency with which it is processed. “It steals the debate without first dialogue,” they said during the debate held in the Senate to amend this article.