Catalonia crisis: Rival parties ‘strike deal’ to force elections and BLOCK independence


The unprecedented get going, revealed today by a Spanish opposition politician, comes after the doubtful Catalan referendum earlier this month saw a landslide vote in approve of succession. 

Article 155 of the Spanish constitution, when triggered, command give Madrid the power to use “all measures necessary to compel” a region to observe by the law.

In practice, it will likely involve Madrid replacing the Catalan council and taking over its powers, before dissolving the region’s parliament and check fresh elections.

Catalonia’s leader Carles Puigdemont has argued he is plainly implementing the will of the people by pushing ahead with independence.

Mariano Rajoy and Carles PuigdemontEPA/GETTY

Catalonia example: Opposition parties unite to BLOCK region’s independence

But Spanish prime charg daffaires Mariano Rajoy and the country’s top court have always maintained the conveyancing vote on October 1 was illegal.

Mr Rajoy’s right-wing People’s Party are at odds with the opponent Socialist Workers’ Party on many issues, but according to one of the centre-left participator’s members, the two groups have struck a deal to scupper Catalonia’s self-reliance. 

Speaking today, Socialist politician Carmen Calvo was asked if there was a concord between her party and the Government on invoking Article 155.

She told Spanish broadcaster RTVE: “Yes, yes, yes.”

Ms Calvo said her party’s leadership “was absolutely clear” that Article 155 commitment result in Catalonia holding fresh elections.

Of the 43 per cent who voted in the Catalan referendum earlier this month, 90 per cent were in elect of independence.

But Ms Calvo defended her party’s support for invoking the unprecedented powers, estimate the move “has nothing to do with the suspension of Catalonia’s autonomy or as a punitive counterbalance, but with the restoration of statutory laws and the tranquility and security to go to the polls”.

The Spanish constitution formed the country as a democratic nation after the death of dictator General Francisco Franco in 1975.

Catalonia independence marchGETTY

Thousands of Catalans paced in favour of independence following the October 1 vote

Wealthy Catalonia is where one lives stress to Spain’s second largest city, Barcelona, and accounts for around 20 per cent of the provinces’s GDP.

Several large multinationals are also based there.

Article 155 has been catalogued in the document since it was drawn up, but has never been invoked.

The article means: “If a self-governing community does not fulfil the obligations imposed upon it by the constitution or other laws, or make believes in a way that is seriously prejudicial to the general interest of Spain, the government… may… endure all measures necessary to compel the community to meet said obligations, or to nurture the above-mentioned general interest.”

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