Discouragement with the amnesty law reaches Moncloa

It is symptomatic that only one day after the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, confessed that he was fully convinced that the amnesty law will go ahead once the negotiation in the Congress of Deputies is completed, now Doubts begin to appear in his cabinet, within his closest core. Only fifteen days before the negotiation period between PSOE and Junts expires.

And it is that The leader of the Executive denied major changes in the norm, something that, precisely, those around him also rule out. They defend that the law is “brave”, “reparative” and in accordance with European law and that it must leave Congress as it entered to preserve its “constitutionality.”

The proposal made by the socialist in Al Rojo Vivo, to modify the Criminal Procedure Law (LeCrim) to limit the investigation times, is the only offer that the Government plans to make to the independence movement to reconsider its vote against last week to the amnesty law and, even, this same proposal still generates doubts within the Council of Ministers.

The Executive is already desperate for the Russian roulette that any negotiation with Junts has become and they are sending an ultimatum to Junts as they begin to doubt whether the amnesty law can go ahead, as this newspaper has learned from sources. governmental. The plan is to make Carles Puigdemont’s men nervous at a time when time is of the essence. February 21 is the deadline for the PSOE and Junts to reach an agreement and undo the amnesty law, and that is why Contradictory messages are already being sent in the Government, with the aim of putting the post-convergents on the ropes. The reform of the Lecrim would be the only change that would be accepted to convince Puigdemont and, if not, the Government is already sincere in revealing its doubts about the real possibility of carrying out the norm in the current framework. “We all have doubts,” summarized in the Executive when asked if they really believe that in these 15 days they will be able to sit Junts at the table and come out with a firm agreement that avoids, once again, the photo of rejection in Congress of the Deputies.

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Junts’ silence on the proposal to limit judicial instructions does not go unnoticed in the Executive. They also do not know if this gesture, reforming the Lecrim, is enough to secure the “yes” of the seven Junts deputies in Congress. They believe that Puigdemont’s people are “measuring” the impact that voting against could have had among his pro-independence electorate. of the amnesty law last week. Regarding the reform of the Criminal Procedure Law, the Government avoids delving into more details, but they admit that it is “complicated” to carry out this modification because it is necessary to achieve a “balance” between judges being able to investigate and having enough time to do so, but that, for example, an investigation does not last more than a decade, they say.

The Executive thus moves slowly, limited by its partners, knowing that Any step forward in the legislature will be thoroughly exploited by his allies and, also, that at any time, they can cut off the tap that regulates the oxygen of the Government in the Congress of Deputies. And with this context, the Executive does not completely close the door to carrying out an extension of the General State Budgets (PGE) for this year 2024 in case of not being able to close agreements with all parliamentary partners. Even so, In the Government, according to sources at the highest level, they still do not have that perception, since they assure that “no party” has told them that they will not support new public accounts. “No one has told us to stop the clock,” government sources explain in the face of the difficulties that have arisen in carrying out the amnesty law, given the possibility that this negotiation could affect public accounts. In fact, the socialists began negotiating the amnesty law while opening the first informal conversations on public accounts with parliamentary groups.

Given the possibility of an extension of the Budget, the Government is removing iron from that option. They believe that the legislature could move forward even if there were no new accounts approved this year. And the Executive’s plan was to present them in the month of February or March, although the amnesty may now stop the Government’s plans.

In the Executive, meanwhile, they avoid criticizing their partners in the face of this possibility and yesterday charged against the Popular Party before today’s vote in the Senate, where the PP will foreseeably overthrow the deficit objectives by seeing the Government’s proposals for “unviable”. negotiate the path of stability. “What argument does the Popular Party have to oppose its territorial administrations enjoying a greater margin of spending?” asked the first vice president and Minister of Finance, María Jesús Montero, in the press conference after the Council of Ministers. According to the Executive, the vote against the Popular Party in today’s debate will bring with it more demanding deficit objectives for the regions and city councils during the next year, as she warned.