Spanish delegate in Catalonia warns pro-independence leaders could end up “incapacitated”
Inquiry against Catalan Parliament board members continues with statements from pro-Spanish unity members
The Spanish government’s delegate in Catalonia, Enric Millo, warned that Catalan executive members could end up “incapacitated” in terms of continuing to represent Catalonia if they go ahead with the referendum law, which was presented on Tuesday. According to Millo, if Puigdemont’s cabinet continues with the referendum plans, its members will be “absolutely unable to be go-betweens” to Madrid.
Millo believes that the Catalan government won’t put its plans into practice: “They will not do what they are saying because they know it isn’t possible.” Moreover, he continued, “Why are they insisting on this path, knowing that it leads nowhere and that it only generates confrontation, division and conflict? Why do they turn their back on any alternative to find a way out of this situation? What are they seeking and what do they want to happen?”.
"Why are they insisting on this path, knowing that it leads nowhere and that it only generates confrontation, division and conflict?"
Enric Millo ·Spanish government delegate in Catalonia
The Spanish representative also commented on the decision made by the Council for Statutory Guarantees of Catalonia to question changes to Catalan parliament regulations that were planned by secessionist parties. The changes would allow laws to be passed in a single reading, and some believe it be an attempt to pass laws quickly to avoid potential bans from the Spanish Constitutional Court. In this context, he branded the pro-independence ruling party’s interpretation of the opinion as “ridiculous”.
Millo made this statement to the press this Friday after appearing in court as a witness in the inquiry open against five Catalan Parliament board members, including chamber president Carme Forcadell, for allowing a vote of a motion on a unilateral referendum last October. Pro-Spanish unity politician Carlos Carrizosa (Citizen’s Party) also appeared in court also to testify. Both leaders are reported to have said to the judge that there was wrongdoing in the board’s decision. Carrizosa told the press that “there was a very clear request” by the Constitutional Court preventing the board from allowing the vote. “No one is above the law,” he said. The court also rejected the prosecuted people’s appeal to close their case on Friday.