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Madrid takes anti-monarchy motion to court despite counsel not to do so

Catalan Parliament passed text condemning king, and Spain’s Council of State says chamber can “take stances contrary to constitution”

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26 October 2018 01:47 PM

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ACN | Barcelona

The Spanish government will take the motion against the Spanish monarchy passed by the Catalan Parliament on October 11 to the Constitutional Court –no matter what Spain’s most senior advisory body has said.

The Council of State counseled the executive in Madrid not to challenge the text arguing that the Catalan chamber can “take stances contrary to the constitution.”

Yet the Spanish cabinet decided on Friday to take the motion to the court anyway claiming they respect the advisory body’s call, but they do not share it.

The Parliament's resolution is a “serious violation of the principle of constitutional loyalty,” said the government spokeswoman.

She claimed that the motion is one step to continue a “unilateral independence roadmap towards the proclamation of a republic."

“We do not understand why from a political and juridical point of view the attempt to abolish the monarchy and an unjustified attack to the figure of the king might be admissible,” she added.

The Catalan parliament speaker, Roger Torrent, criticized Madrid's decision and stressed that MPs at the chamber "will continue to discuss about everything." 

"Parliament decisions are not the problem, but what the monarchy did [on October 3]," said Torrent, adding that 80% of Catalans want to abolish it.

  • "We do not understand why the attempt to abolish the monarchy and an unjustified attack to the figure of the king might be admissible"

    Isabel Celaá · Spanish government spokeswoman

The Council of State, whose decisions are not binding, said on Thursday that the Catalan Parliament “cannot oppose acts performed by the head of state.” However, the chamber can “express its disapproval” of some of the king’s actions.

According to the advisory body, the political debate “is not subject to limits that impede taking stances contrary to the Constitution.”

Motion against king

The motion was proposed by the left-wing Catalunya en Comú-Podem (CatECP) coalition and passed with votes from Junts per Catalunya (JxCat) and Esquerra Republicana (ERC), the two main pro-independence parties and government partners.

The parties that voted in favor of the motion criticized King Felipe VI for his speech on October 3, 2017, in which he took the Catalan government to task for organizing a referendum on independence that had been deemed illegal, and made no mention of police violence against voters.

The resolution also reasserted support for “republican values" and the abolishing of “an outdated and anti-democratic institution like the monarchy." 

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  • Spanish government spokesperson Isabel Celaá (by Tania Tapia)

  • Spanish government spokesperson Isabel Celaá (by Tania Tapia)

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