ERC mocks Sánchez and asks for time for a referendum, Junts charges against the dialogue table and the CUP threatens a unilateral consultation
If the Government hoped to see gestures of détente on the part of the independence movement after the granting of the pardons, those winks are made to wait. Secessionism maintains the rhetoric, the tone of warning and the position of maximums to affirm that it does not have to give up its objectives. Not only will the pro-independence forces not ask for forgiveness or give thanks for the pardons, but they believe that it is the State that has to apologize for having imprisoned the leaders of the ‘procés’. Sovereign sources admit that there is a struggle for the story behind the pardons and that they do not want to appear as those defeated in the operation.
The mocking tone that ERC spokesman Gabriel Rufián used on Wednesday with the Prime Minister served up the right-wing opposition’s criticism of Pedro Sánchez on a platter. The socialist leader assured in the parliamentary debate that he will never, ever authorize a referendum and Gabriel Rufián did not quite take it seriously. “He also said there would be no pardons, so give us time,” the Republican spokesman retorted scathingly. To the message from the Government that self-determination will not be possible, the response of the independentists was that they will persevere in their objective of holding a referendum and that they will not renounce the sovereignist consultation.
At the moment the effect of the pardons is not appreciated and the independentistas are not willing to make it easy for the Executive. “They do not solve the political conflict,” Rufián warned, although he admitted that “they are a measure to improve the political climate.” In his opinion, pardons are not a “minor” decision, it is a “good one”, because he understands that this good climate “makes us stay central to the field of play.” And in the “extremes, where there is mud, the game is much worse,” he said.
Esquerra remains in the majority that supports the Government. Of course, in his opinion the decision to release the leaders of the ‘procés’ is “insufficient” and even questioned whether the measure adopted by the Government responds to the “mathematics” necessary to add parliamentary majorities or if they respond to the will to do. “politics”. Rufián was implacable with the president of the Government, to the point that he only thanked the role played by the previous vice president, Pablo Iglesias. The agenda that ERC has put on the table, with Pere Aragonès and Gabriel Rufián at the helm, is clear. Hand held out to the Government, but all the demands, and demands for maximums, with the referendum, the amnesty and the demand for measures to “stop” the Court of Accounts. “Do not be afraid to be brave,” Rufián urged the Government.
Junts, who has been hinting for days that the person who has negotiated the pardons and therefore who has promised to give something in return will be ERC, did not even value the grace measures in his first intervention. The nationalist spokesperson, Míriam Nogueras, from the party’s hard wing, charged against the central government’s offer of dialogue. The independence movement does not appreciate the pardons and will also go divided to the meeting between the Executive and the Government in September in Barcelona, in which the secessionist groups intend to negotiate a referendum. Nogueras described the dialogue table as a “story” and affirmed that this “farce cannot be endured any longer.” In his opinion, Catalonia has already voted in favor of independence (on October 1, 2017) and what the State authorities and those of Catalonia should negotiate is how to “formalize the divorce.”
“Referendum or referendum”
The CUP disagrees with the Junts on whether or not a new referendum is necessary. In Junts, most leaders maintain that 1-O is enough, while the anti-capitalists advocate a new consultation. The CUP was forceful yesterday in response to the Prime Minister. If you do not authorize a consultation, the independence movement will opt for the unilateral route. “Referendum or referendum”, the antisystem warned, as in 2017. The notice was for Sánchez, but also for Pere Aragonès.