Tuesday, May 17

ERC and Junts extend the negotiation of the new Government to vote it ‘in extremis’




One month after the 14-F elections the independence movement seems willing to push Catalonia to an investiture ‘in extremis’ that could end in a vote in discount time and in the middle of Holy Week, specifically next Palm Sunday (March 28). In case of being frustrated, the countdown to the electoral repetition would then be activated. The Catalan employers – Labor Promotion, speaker of the large company, and Pimec, of the SMEs – see approaching the precipice and yesterday they met with the president of the Parliament, Laura Borràs (Junts), in an umpteenth attempt to return political life Catalan to the channels of responsibility in a society very stressed by the pandemic and the economic crisis.

Seemingly immune to advice and pressure, the party of Puigdemont remains rooted in his strategy of lengthening times and steep the negotiation to exhaust the adversaries. They even refuse to talk about the names that should be part of the next regional Executive. It is early to distribute chairs, they warn. In fact, they are willing to make Pere Aragonès (ERC) suffer and sell his eventual subordination in the next Catalan Government dearly. Not in vain, as marked by an unwritten rule, but respected in the last two terms, the presidency of the Parliament is granted to the second independence party (after 14-F, Junts) while the presidency in the Generalitat remains in the hands of the first (now, ERC).

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Right now, Borràs has risen as the main battering ram of Junts’ immobile strategy. You have until the 26th to find a candidate to preside over the Generalitat and convene a plenary session. If not, the president will have to give an account of the manifest impossibility of carrying out a vote and will start the second temporary term. Two months. Thus, if on March 26 there is no regional president, that is, if the negotiations of the Junts and ERC have not yet come to fruition, the two-month clock will be activated for the mandatory electoral call -at those 54 days from the end of the two months.

“No hurry”

With the calendar on the table, and seeing that the informative focus has moved to Madrid after the crisis opened by Citizens in Murcia, in Junts they begin to assess the possibility of extending the agony of Aragonès beyond March 26. “No hurry. But there will be Govern », point sources from the Puigdemont party.

Despite the tensions, there is little doubt in Junts and ERC of their ability to reach an agreement. However, the negotiation between the two (to which the CUP must be added) intermingles issues of political significance, such as the ‘procés’ roadmap, the role of the prisoners and Puigdemont, the Consell per la República or the distribution of influences on TV3 with practically personal issues, such as the judicial situation of Borràs herself, investigated in the Supreme Court for several crimes related to a possible case of corruption when she was running the Institució de les Lletres Catalanes.

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Thus, the negotiation package of the next Catalan Government has also recently included the possibility of change the Parliament’s Rules of Procedure so that the prerogatives of the deputies investigated for corruption are withdrawn when there is a final judgment and not, as now, when the oral trial phase opens. This regulatory modification would directly affect Laura Borràs, who could extend her presidency even though her judicial process advances, and would be a direct concession from ERC and the CUP, which with its 9 seats is essential to compact any ‘independent’ majority.

Be that as it may, according to Borràs this week, after meeting with the independence prisoners in Lledoners (Barcelona), there will only be a full investiture “in the event” that a candidate has the support enough. Message for Aragonès and also for the socialist Salvador Illa, who has the firm intention of running for an investiture to capitalize on his victory in votes and seats in the media and, incidentally, differentiate himself from Ciudadanos, who in 2017 chose to spoil their results ( victory in votes and seats) refusing to present an alternative candidacy. Another element to take into account is Puigdemont, who has claimed a role in the negotiation, although it will hardly serve to speed up the Entente Junts-ERC.

Lengthen the investiture

“We are talking about Junts, all prevention is little”. This phrase expressed this Friday by an ERC leader familiar with the negotiation summarizes the sentiment of the Republicans who, although they maintain their optimism, have assumed that the Junts will claim the defeat of 14-F in their own way, extending the investiture of Aragonès as they did. with that of Borràs, also chosen at the last minute.

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According to ABC these same sources, the feeling among those who attend the negotiations is to go “blind” because of the secrecy imposed from Junts. ERC rules out that the independence movement risks losing the opportunity to govern for what they take for granted, even that Aragonès will be invested in the first attempt and without anyone, neither the Junts nor the CUP, raising another candidate. Meanwhile, the secessionist entities (ANC, Òmnium and even the CDRs) maintain a disciplined silence, which contrasts with the escraches at the headquarters of the parties that preceded the investiture of Puigdemont and Torra.

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