ERC plans to force another plenary session to pressure Carles Puigdemont

Independence negotiations

He wants JxCat to choose between agreeing or allowing Aragons to rule alone

The ERC candidate, Pere Aragons.EFE

Tired of verifying that JxCat continues to slow down the formation of the Government when two and a half months have passed since 14-F, ERC intends to take the initiative and launch an attack on those of Carles Puigdemont. Republicans plan to demand Laura borrs to call a new plenary session so that Pere Aragons try, for the third time, to be anointed president.

The intention of the formation chaired by Oriol Junqueras is to force JxCat to choose between reaching a pact to continue governing Catalonia together or allowing ERC to lead the Generalitat alone, seeking agreements with the rest of the independence forces and the common to hold the legislature with the weak minority reported by its 33 deputies.

Republicans cling to the promise launched weeks ago by the JxCat secretary general, Jordi Snchez, who promised that his party would not lead Catalonia to a new electoral repetition, a scenario that will occur if Aragons has not been elected president of the Generalitat on May 26, when the legal deadline to achieve an investiture expires.

Sanchez guaranteed that, at that point of impossible agreement between the two great separatist forces, JxCat would support the election of Aragons with the votes of its deputies and then go to the opposition.

ERC now intends to appeal to the word of Puigdemont’s right hand after the deadline that he had imposed on JxCat expired on Saturday to seal a governance agreement with no prospects for an imminent pact, despite the fact that Aragons and Junqueras participated personally. in the last two conclaves, held in the Lledoners prison, to try to unravel the negotiation.

We are not going to ask for anything that has not been offered to us, ERC sources defend this newspaper and recall that, already in campaign, Aragons clarified that his pulse would not tremble to govern alone. This alternative is what the Republicans intend to put on the negotiating table in the next meeting with JxCat; not to rule out the possibility of reissuing the current separatist bipartite, but to urge the resolution of the talks, either to forge an agreement or to give ERC free rein to undertake its own solo adventure.

There is fear in the Republican ranks that continuing to delay the negotiation with JxCat will lead to an ultimtum from Puigdemont a few days before May 26, which will force them to accept that the fugitive continues to lead the procs since Waterloo and other concessions that are difficult to digest, not only for the ERC militancy, but for the CUP, which reached an investiture agreement with the Republicans a few weeks after 14-F and could be reversed if the pact between Junqueras and Puigdemont deviates the bases of that alliance.

In this sense, it should be noted that the votes of the anti-system are decisive for Aragons to be invested, since only with the support of JxCat will he not reach the majority. Hence the nervousness in ERC begins to spread and the commitment to a single government is gaining more and more strength. That scenario was already blessed by the CUP last Friday, when it declared itself delighted with the possibility of investing in Aragons and later demanding the fulfillment of its agreements from the opposition. More so when the antisitema agreed with ERC that the eventual president of the Generalitat would submit to a question of confidence within two years to revalidate the support of the radical left formation.

Borrs herself came out this Sunday in the face of pressure from ERC, who warned Republicans that the pressure could lead to derail the negotiations. It is not what is best, insisted the president of the Parliament, who forgot her institutional role to suggest that there is no problem in continuing with a functioning Government and exhausting the terms of the investiture.

In addition to the role of Puigdemont, there are profound differences between ERC and JxCat in two other aspects. On the one hand, they disagree on the need for the one baptized as the unit of action of independence. That is, in the need for the independence forces to vote in the same sense and without exception not only in Parliament, but also in Congress, something that ERC opposes. The second sticking point has to do with the dialogue table and the return to the one-sided track. Both forces coincide in giving two years of margin to the negotiating forum with the Government, but JxCat wants to leave in writing what the next step in the independence roadmap will be if in 2023 there is no agreement with the State to hold a new referendum of self-determination, while ERC prefers to wait until then to redefine the secessionist script.


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