Editorial, Barcelona, 6 January 2024
Raquel Sans, ERC spokesperson // Quique García / EFE
The ERC spokeswoman, Raquel Sans, has warned Pedro Sánchez this Saturday that if he wants to continue governing, he must “fulfil his agreements” and open a second phase of negotiation with the pro-independence movement, with the referendum on the table, as otherwise the approval of “laws, budgets and the parliamentary stability” of the central executive could be endangered.
In an interview with Efe, the pro-independence leader admitted that, for now, the Republicans see no reason to distrust the PSOE, since, in her opinion, steps forward are being taken in the different portfolios, such as the processing of the amnesty, progress towards the referendum and the transfer of Rodalies. “But we will see if the PSOE keeps its word,” he said.
And he doubled his warning to the President of the Government: “If the PSOE wants to govern in the State, it has to fulfil the pacts with ERC”.
These pacts, he said, include approving the amnesty and “opening the second phase of resolving the political conflict”, in which ERC “will put the referendum on the table, because it is the most democratic and inclusive proposal”, through the clarity agreement that Pere Aragonès will put forward.
Sans rejects Illa’s proposal to set up a tax consortium to improve financing.
But they also include improving the financing of Catalonia in order to put an end to the “fiscal deficit of 22,000 million euros”. Sans affirmed that this new financing must be a “dignified and fair” system, although in no way “unsupportive”. “No one is saying that there should not be a quota of solidarity, but that it should be fair,” the Republican spokeswoman said.
On the other hand, the Republicans regret that PSOE and PSC have not defined what their plan for Catalonia is. Sans also assured those proposals by the PSC leader, Salvador Illa, such as the reform of the Statute fall short “without a shadow of a doubt”, in contrast to the referendum advocated by ERC. “The reform of the Statute is a screen that has been passed over”.
He also rejected Illa’s proposal to propose a tax consortium – included in the Statute – as one of the measures to improve funding. “The PSC, once again, is half-hearted,” he insisted.