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The bill promoted by the PSOE in Congress, Montero said, "had all the guarantees to be a constitutional text", but the amendments that Junts intended to incorporate "did not have those premises". "We have always said, and we repeat again, that not just any amnesty text is constitutional", she warned. "The one that the government promoted was, and we want a text to come out of Congress that has the legal security that is essential," he said.

Juan Carlos Merino, Madrid, 31 January 2024

The vice-president María Jesús Montero and the minister Félix Bolaños, in the plenary session of the amnesty in Congress // JAVIER SORIANO / AFP

The vice-president Montero reproaches Puigdemont’s party for voting against the law with the PP and Vox, who want to “imprison the leaders of the procés and outlaw pro-independence parties”.

The digestion of the parliamentary defeat suffered on Tuesday, when Junts per Catalunya voted with the Popular Party or the far-right Vox against the Amnesty Law for the accused of the procés, is proving complicated for the Government given the scenario of uncertainty that it also opens for the new general state budgets, fundamental for the stability of the new mandate, and therefore for the very course of a newborn legislature. But neither Pedro Sánchez nor anyone else in the government, at least for now, are confident that no battle has been lost.

This is what the first vice-president of the Government, María Jesús Montero, said on Wednesday, who in an interview on TVE once again justified the PSOE’s rejection of Junts’ amendment that sought to include in the bill any alleged crime of terrorism or treason against the state in the procés in search of a “comprehensive amnesty”, as demanded by its parliamentary spokesperson, Miriam Nogueras, which caused Carles Puigdemont’s party to vote against the bill, which now returns to the previous screen of the congressional Justice Committee with a new deadline of a maximum of one month for renegotiation.

Montero stresses that the Junts amendment removed the “constitutional guarantee” that the law promoted by the PSOE has.

The bill promoted by the PSOE in Congress, Montero said, “had all the guarantees to be a constitutional text”, but the amendments that Junts intended to incorporate “did not have those premises”. “We have always said, and we repeat again, that not just any amnesty text is constitutional”, she warned. “The one that the government promoted was, and we want a text to come out of Congress that has the legal security that is essential,” he said.

“There must always be room for negotiation”, says the vice-president in view of the new talks with Junts to try to save the amnesty.

On this occasion, unlike the heart-stopping vote a couple of weeks ago on the Government’s first decrees, Montero acknowledged that as early as Monday they were well aware that there would be no agreement with Junts, “because the amendment they had put forward could not be incorporated”. But the First Vice-President is confident that in the new negotiation period that is now opening in the Justice Committee, an understanding can be reached. “There must always be room for negotiation”, she assured, because she pointed out that “when there is a clear desire for dialogue on both sides, there are always conditions to be able to continue incorporating issues”.

But Montero insisted that these are only “technical improvements” to the law, and therefore not major issues, as Junts wants. “This legal text has already been agreed on four occasions with Junts per Catalunya and also had the approval of the rest of the political groups, which are essential for its approval”, she stressed. “This amnesty law is an opportunity”, he reminded Puigdemont’s party.

“We trust that Junts per Catalunya will come to its senses”, said the vice-president. “Because it was and is very incomprehensible that JxCat has voted with the PP and Vox, two political formations that have made it very clear that the only answer they have for Catalonia is to imprison the leaders of the procés, directly outlaw their political parties or use dirty warfare”, she criticised. “There is no real alternative to the situation in Catalonia other than the one put forward by the PSOE to promote coexistence and understanding in order to overcome a political conflict that we should have left behind a long time ago, and yet it is still present”, Montero defended.

Montero admits that “it is still premature to know what Junts’ approach is” to new state budgets.

The First Vice-President of the Government, and also Minister of Finance, has admitted that Junts’ position could complicate the approval of new general state budgets. The accounts have been extended since the beginning of this year. “The will of this government is to approve new public accounts”, she reiterated. But he admitted that “it is still premature to know what Junts per Catalunya’s approach will be”. “We are going to continue working towards this agreement and dialogue, but let’s not forget that the budgets are in force, they have been extended since the beginning of the year”, he pointed out.

Montero, however, did not want to anticipate any possible complications in the approval of new budgets. “Each thing in its own time”, she said. “Everything has its moment”, she reiterated. “The fundamental thing is that the will for dialogue on all sides continues to be confirmed”, she stressed.

https://www.lavanguardia.com/politica/20240131/9509819/gobierno-advierte-junts-texto-amnistia-constitucional.html

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