The Congress, with the government divided, refuses to include the amnesty and the referendum at the table in Catalonia
The Congress, with the government divided, refuses to include the amnesty and the referendum at the table in Catalonia

The Plenary of Congress has rejected this Thursday with the votes of PSOE, PP, Vox and Citizens that the referendum on self-determination and amnesty be discussed at the dialogue table on Catalonia as “solution proposals” to the existing political conflict, a motion that Unidos Podemos has supported, which, in fact, had agreed on the text with the CUP.

The initiative, which has fallen with 273 ‘noes’ compared to the 71 ‘yeses’ that the independence parties have managed to add, was a motion derived from the interpellation that the CUP deputy, Mireia Vehí, addressed last week to the Minister of Territorial Policy and Public Function, Miquel Iceta.

In addition to the CUP and the confederal group, ERC, Junts, PDeCAT, PNV, Bildu, BNG and Más País-Equo have voted in favor. The ‘noes’ have been joined by the Union of the Navarrese People, the Asturias Forum, the Canary Coalition, the Regionalist Party of Cantabria, Teruel Existe and the former deputy of Cs Pablo Cambronero. On his side, Pedro Quevedo, from Nueva Canarias, has abstained.

The original text of the CUP proposed that Congress urge the Government to present to the dialogue table with the Government “A proposal for a referendum, taking advantage of the calendar and the work that the Scottish Government has already started.”

However, United We Can amended the wording to lower that restrictive mandate and to propose that the Chamber be open to the possibility of debating the self-determination consultation and also the amnesty.

A calendar for the table

“Congress urges the Government to present to the dialogue table with the Government of Catalonia a work proposal and calendar to address the political conflict in Catalonia. In the debate on the solution proposals The referendum on self-determination and amnesty will not be excluded, among others.“Reads verbatim the amendment of the confederal group accepted by the CUP, which has not gone ahead and has shown the discrepancies in this matter of the two members of the coalition government.

The pro-independence formation tried to use its motion, so that the Plenary would pronounce in favor of the admission for processing of the Amnesty Law registered by the Catalan pro-independence activists, whose debate has blocked the Chamber Table as unconstitutional, with the votes of PSOE PP and Vox.

However, this part of the text was eliminated by the majority of the governing body of the Chamber following the criteria of the lawyers, who discouraged this vote, claiming that “motions are not an ideal instrument to pronounce” on matters pertaining to the Bureau of Congress.

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