Referendum needs to change from 'impossible' to 'unavoidable,' says parliament speaker
Roger Torrent suggests that Spanish president agree to vote for independence and Madrid's proposal for Catalonia self-government
The parliament speaker Roger Torrent called on the pro-independence camp to do its utmost to move from an impossible referendum to an unavoidable referendum."
In an event hosted by the Forum Europa political platform, Torrent suggested that the Spanish president Pedro Sánchez allow a vote in which citizens would be asked about both independence and Madrid's proposal for Catalonia, so that both projects could be "compared."
"If he has a proposal, let him bring it to a vote along with independence. Or is the problem that Sánchez is afraid of the answer? Is he afraid of asking citizens," he asked.
According to the parliament speaker, Sánchez needs to "decide whether on he tackles Catalonia's challenge thinking about the next election or about the coming generations and about solving the conflict."
"If he has a proposal, let him bring it to a vote along with independence. Or is the problem that Sánchez is afraid of the answer? Is he afraid of asking citizens?"
Roger Torrent · Catalan parliament speaker
A few days ago the Spanish leader said that it might be possible for Catalonia to hold a vote on its self-government – but not on independence.
Last vote on self-government
In 2006, citizens ratified a new statute for the country, establishing the relationship between Catalonia and Madrid but always within Spain. Yet four years later, the Spanish Constitutional Court ruled part of it as unconstitutional, prompting pro-independence sentiment to remarkably rise in the following years.
For Torrent, an agreed and binding referendum "is the best, and maybe the only way to solve the conflict." Because of that he called on the pro-independence camp to "launch all the elements of peaceful and democratic pressure" to persuade Madrid.
Torra on social fracture
Meanwhile the Catalan president Quim Torra also implicitly referred to the political situation and the unionist parties saying that the independence debate and a referendum are "fracturing society."
"A country does not fracture from a political debate, but from inequalities," said Torra in a visit to a walk-in clinic in one of the lowest-income neighborhoods of the Barcelona metropolitan area.