They present the referendum law


Referendum in Catalonia


If he wins yes in the referendum on October 1, the Catalan Parliament will declare independence in 48 hours.


The law with which the Government of Catalonia will convene the independence referendum of October 1, 2017 will be “supreme” and will prevail over any other rule that may contradict it. The future Catalan Self-Determination Referendum Law provides for the possibility of declaring the independence of Catalonia within 48 hours if the “yes” wins in the referendum on October 1, while if the “no” wins, the Government will call a regional elections. In addition, the law does not provide a minimum participation to make it binding.

This has been explained by the deputies of Junts pel Sí (JxSÍ) Lluís Corominas and Jordi Orobitg in the act of explanation of the project before the deputies of the Parliament, in an act in the auditorium of the Catalan Parliament convened by JxSí and the CUP, although Cs, PSC, PP or SíQueEsPot have not attended – some members of the latter coalition have attended, but not as a group, but on behalf of Podem and EUiA.

They have detailed that the law will stipulate that the people of Catalonia is a political subject with the right to exercise the right to decider, and that the Parliament will act at all times as the representative of this people and guarantor of their rights: “With this law an exceptional legal regime is established to respond to this reality and to be able to hold the binding referendum.” The law rests on the international concept of the right of self-determination recognized in the International Court of Justice of 2010.

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The bill that will be brought to the hemicycle in the coming weeks for approval, “protects the authorities and natural and legal persons to participate in the referendum “, shielding them from any judicial action by the Spanish State.

The standard states that the decree calling the referendum will be accompanied by a complementary decree of regulations in which the technical details of the referendum will be established, such as the models of the ballots and envelopes, the voting points, the period in which the campaign will be carried out and the human and technical resources that will be used.

A Electoral Syndicate that it will assume the competences that the Central Electoral Board has in any ordinary contest, which will be made up of five members – jurists and political scientists – who will be appointed by the Parliament at the proposal of the groups.

About him census, they have said that it will be prepared by the Government, it will be validated by the Electoral Syndicate and, unlike the consultation of November 9, 2014, it will not require prior authorization from citizens – in the 9N the citizen had to authorize its inclusion just before voting.

The deputy of the CUP Gabriela Serra has indicated that the referendum is “binding”, so it is not a simple citizen mobilization, but an act “of sovereignty, disobedience and decision.

The spokesperson for Together for the “yes, Marta Rovira, has said that it means the “response” to the “rupture” of the constitutional framework of 78 after the ruling of the Statute, and that legally implies the right of self-determination.

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