Barcelona, Oct 18 (EFE) .- The president of the PP of Catalonia, Alejandro Fernández, has warned that a hypothetical electoral victory of the independence forces by more than 50% of the votes would not “enable them to break the law.”
In an interview with Agencia Efe, Fernández denounced the pro-independence strategy of appealing to its electorate to exceed the 50% of the votes to try to force a referendum.
“Let no one fall into the trap: they have never needed more than 50% to carry out their totalitarian plan, they did it with 47%, they are absolutely indifferent to the percentage,” he stressed, referring to the unilateral referendum of 1 October 2017.
Precisely this week, the former president of the Generalitat Quim Torra urged JxCat, ERC and the CUP to agree on what should be the “political consequences” of breaking the electoral ceiling of 50%, effects that should pass in his opinion for “implementing the republic”.
According to Fernández, however, although in the next Catalan elections – which everything indicates that they will be called automatically for February 14 – JxCat, ERC and the CUP will manage to add more than half of the votes, “nothing should change, because the laws must be complied with. “
And he has illustrated his reasoning with a parallel: “If 100% of my community of neighbors decide not to pay the IBI, we will have to pay the IBI the same, and above all with a surcharge, for being an idiot.”
“Having more than 50% does not enable you to break the law. If they want to change the Constitution to have a self-determination referendum they will have to do exactly the same as the Scots: go to Parliament and the British government,” he stressed.
Fernández has challenged the pro-independence forces to follow in the footsteps of ex-president Juan José Ibarretxe: “Ibarretxe promoted a plan that seemed regrettable to us, but which had the virtue of being legally brought to Congress, it was rejected and the debate ended.”
The calculation made by JxCat, ERC and the CUP, according to the leader of the PPC, is that the constitutionalist electorate is “demobilized”, because many have confirmed that a “unilateral coup” by the independence movement is not possible.
That is, he stressed, “a way of recognizing that they can only pass 50% if people stay at home, because Catalonia is not a separatist for the most part.
Despite calls from the sovereign ranks to turn the next elections into a plebiscite on independence, Fernández has been convinced that “people will not believe that they are plebiscitary elections”, but that they will vote thinking about the management of the pandemic and in getting out of the economic crisis.
On the other hand, on the possibility that the Government of Pedro Sánchez pardons the imprisoned pro-independence leaders, Fernández has warned that granting “pardons to people who say they are going to do it again is a very serious error”, because “it generates the feeling that disobeying laws and governments leads to impunity. “
According to the president of the PPC, “if the idea that disobeying governments is legitimate and does not have any type of consequence begins to naturalize,” disobedience can become something “deeply contagious, and not only in the separatist sphere.”
“If some gentlemen who commit very serious crimes against democracy say that they are going to commit them again and are pardoned, the people will feel encouraged to disobey the governments, the laws and also demand impunity,” he reasoned.
Fernández has also warned of the growing tension in Congress: “It has a negative effect for everyone that politics is tense and parliamentary debates are unpleasant and are outside of decorum and essential rules of coexistence.”
“There is a strategy, as I have been denouncing for a long time, which is to transfer what we are experiencing in the Parliament of Catalonia to the Congress of Deputies,” stressed Fernández, who has blamed “separatism, Podemos and the PSOE for this drift. he’s flirting with that idea “of” speaking ill of the system. “
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