Spanish Prime Minister: the Socialist Party will “never” support the independence vote in Catalonia

Madrid, June 30 (EFE) .- Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Wednesday that there would be no referendum on independence in Catalonia because the Socialist Party (PSOE) he leads “will not accept it never”.

Sanchez firmly rejected the possibility of a vote in a plenary session in parliament after explaining the government’s reasoning for granting pardon to nine Catalan separatist leaders convicted last week, a move most countries opposed.

“There will be no referendum on self-determination unless its supporters manage to convince three-fifths of this House to modify Article 2 of the Constitution and the Spaniards ratify this amendment by referendum”, a- he declared.

“I can tell you now, the PSOE will never accept it.”

Sanchez acknowledged that pardons did not necessarily help resolve the dispute, but argued that it is obvious that the courts are not a solution in and of itself and defended his decision as a necessary political step towards reconciliation, although “always following the law”.

He also addressed separatist MPs, some of whom supported his coalition government, stressing that pardons were only a public service and that the now-released independence politicians had been convicted of breaking the law. EFE

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