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All Catalan MPs apart those from the PSOE and PP refuse to vote on the Constitutional amendment limiting deficit

The Constitutional amendment limiting public deficit in Spain has been only approved with the votes from the PSOE and the PP at the Spanish Parliament. Four parties decided to quit the plenary room at the moment of the voting, whilst the Catalan moderate nationalists and the Basque moderate nationalists stayed but decided not to vote. They complained about the way the Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) and the People’s Party (PP) have negotiated and agreed on the second constitutional reform without the input of the other parties.

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03 September 2011 12:19 AM

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Madrid (ACN).- The Constitutional amendment limiting public deficit in Spain has been only approved with the votes from the PSOE and the PP. Next Wednesday, the Spanish Senate will have to vote. At the Lower Chamber, four parties decided to quit the plenary room at the moment of the voting, whilst the Catalan moderate nationalists and the Basque moderate nationalists stayed but decided not to vote. They complained about the way the Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) and the People\u2019s Party (PP) have negotiated and agreed on the second constitutional reform without the input of the other parties.


Regarding Catalan MPs, only those from PSOE and PP voted. The rest decided not to vote, either staying into the plenary room or leaving it as a protest. They all think that with regards to this amendment, Catalonia\u2019s fiscal autonomy is reduced and thus Catalonia\u2019s self-government is trimmed.

The Centre-Right Catalan Nationalist \u2018Convergència I Unió\u2019 (CiU) finally decided not to vote, as it considers that the Constitutional consensus to have \u201Cblown up\u201D. CiU MP Josep Sánchez Llibre said that they have been \u201Cexcluded\u201D by the two main Spanish parties, the PSOE and the PP. Sánchez Llibre said that the resulting Consitution is \u201Cweaker than the one approved in 1978\u201D.

MPs from the Left-Wing Catalan Independence Party (ERC) and the Catalan Green Socialists Party (ICV) decided to leave the plenary room. The ERC stated that the reform is \u201Ccentralist\u201D and it is an \u201Cattack\u201D against Catalonia\u2019s self-governance. He even said that it is a \u201Ccoup d\u2019état to the constitutional state\u201D. The ICV criticised that \u201Cforeign governments and markets\u201D dictate the rules. The ICV stated that the reform is \u201Cantisocial\u201D and criticised that it will not be voted on by a referendum. In addition, they also criticised that it reduces Catalonia\u2019s self-governance.

[see related news for more information on the Constitutional amendment and the controversy]

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  • MPs leaving the plennary room before the voting on the Constitutional amendment as a protest (by ACN)

  • MPs leaving the plennary room before the voting on the Constitutional amendment as a protest (by ACN)