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Catalan Parliament agrees to appeal Article 155 in Spain’s Constitutional Court

Pro-independence coalition JxSí and CSQP vote in favor of the proposal, while unionist parties vote against it

 

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27 December 2017 05:02 PM

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ACN | Barcelona

The Standing Committee of the Catalan Parliament has agreed to appeal the Spanish government's enforcement of Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution in the Constitutional Court. The proposal was put forward by the JxSí pro-independence coalition.

The appeal comes after the Council of Statutory Guarantees ruled that dismissing the Catalan president and all of his government ministers did not respect the principles of “graduality and proportionality”.

The pro-independence JxSí coalition and left-wing CSQP party voted in favor of the proposal, while the unionist Ciutadans, Catalan Socialists and Catalan PP parties voted against it. The far-left Catalan pro-independence CUP party abstained, arguing that it does not recognize the court.

JxSí and CSQP vote in favor of the proposal

The president of JxSí’s parliamentary group,Lluís Corominas, argued that the appeal is a “political denunciation, theoretically within a legal framework." Corominas noted that the “only conspiracy” that has occurred in Catalonia is on behalf of the Spanish government, with the aim of "suspending Catalonia’s self-autonomy” and “imprisoning political ideas”.

The JxSí parliamentary president also said that the enforcement of Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution is an “abuse” and he accused the Spanish government of “violating its own legal system.”   

For CSQP, MP Marta Ribas said that her party backed the proposal to appeal the enforcement of Article 155 because they see it as “inappropriate”. "We have always been very clear: neither UDI (Unilateral Declaration of Independence), nor 155. We support the appeal because there are reasonable grounds to believe that the constitutional and legal limits have been exceeded,” she said.

  • "We support the appeal because there are reasonable grounds to believe that the constitutional and legal limits have been exceeded"

    Marta Ribas · CSQP MP

Unionist parties vote against the appeal

Meanwhile, representative of the unionist Ciutadans party, Carlos Carrizosa, admitted that Catalan political parties have the “right” to appeal the enforcement of Article 155, even though his party is against it. Yet, he urged those parties in favor of the appeal to respect the rulings of the Spanish Constitutional Court. "Go to the Constitutional Court whenever you want, but please accept its resolutions,” said Carrizosa.

The Catalan Socialists also voted against the proposal. Its leader, Miquel Iceta, stressed that the proposal means “accepting the legitimacy of the Constitutional Court.” He also pointed out that it is the same court that suspended the Referendum Law and the Transitional Law. Both bills were passed in the Catalan Parliament to provide a political framework for secession.

As for the Catalan PP, party member Alejandro Fernandez called JxSí “biopolar”, as the appeal means it now recognizes the legitimacy of the Spanish Constitutional Court. Pending the court’s ruling, Fernández said that his party will “abide by” the court’s decision.  

CUP doesn’t recognize Spain’s Constitutional Court

The only party that abstained was the far left-wing pro-independence CUP party, with the argument that it did so “for consistency”. "Our position regarding the recognition of the Constitutional Court is clear. We do not recognize any power or authority of the Constitutional Court. In addition, it’s not the enforcement of an article of the Constitution; it’s just a coup against Catalan institutions and legitimate and elected Catalan officials. All coups are unconstitutional,” said the party representative.

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  • The Standing Committee of the Catalan Parliament has agreed to appeal the Spanish government's enforcement of Article 155 (by Rafa Garrido)

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