PSOE and PP approve the law that unblocks the CGPJ alone amid a storm of cross accusations

The pact between the Popular Party and the Socialists collapses the Government’s block of allies and divides the right

The PP and PSOE have approved the law that they both agreed upon in the presence of the vice-president of the European Commission, Vera Jourová, to renew the General Council of the Judiciary and subsequently proceed to reform the system of election of its members. They have done so without giving up their private war that pits the highest courts of the country against each other, the Supreme Court and the Constitutional Court. A fierce battle in which the pact confirmed today in Congress has been only a brief parenthesis.

The joint bill was approved with 258 votes, the sum of the two major parties. The rest of the House chose either to abstain (33) or to vote against (43). The bipartisan pact has also caused the collapse of the so-called investiture bloc, and even the breaking of the unity between the members of the Government itself because the minority partner, Sumar, has sided with abstention.

The Popular Party, through its parliamentary spokesman, Miguel Tellado, has begun to defend the proposed law to reform the CGPJ agreed with the PSOE, harshly attacking the President of the Government. Without a preface, Tellado has directly accused Sánchez of being a populist who has adopted the theses of Podemos and even those of the promoters of the independence process.

The PP has attacked what it considers to be the colonisation of institutions by the Government and the exchange for votes of an amnesty law that grants impunity to those convicted on 1-O. It has argued that these reasons are what led it to resist agreeing to the renewal of the CGPJ until the agreement included a commitment to promote its independence.

He also stressed that, after the supervision of the EU, which he considered his “ally”, there is “the guarantee that this will be the last renewal of the body without reform.” “Sánchez’s power already has three limits: the Spanish Constitution, the European Commission and the PP,” he said before adding: “We are decisive and brave.” The PP thus confirms that Feijóo’s proposals “will end up triumphing.”

Tellado has criticised the Government for not even being able to vote united on this law and for not being supported by its own partners. And he has warned: “Do not interpret today’s events as a breath of fresh air for the Government; it is a breath of fresh air for Justice. Be clear that we are the opposition to a legislature that began as a mistake and is progressing as a horror. Let’s hope it ends as soon as possible,” the Popular Party spokesman concluded.

The PSOE has also responded through its spokesman in Congress, Patxi López, who has assumed that Tellado’s harsh words are due to the internal discrepancies that the pact has caused in the ranks of the PP.

López said that today is a satisfactory day for the PSOE because “it puts an end to the five years of non-compliance with the Constitution by the PP.” “Spanish justice is once again at full capacity,” he said.

He also insisted that the socialists, although they do not like some sentences, “never delegitimize” those who pronounce them because that is “attacking the democratic foundations of the country.” From there he brought up the squabble that both parties have over the decisions of the Supreme Court and the Constitutional Court.

The PSOE spokesman has urged Feijóo to rectify the words with which he questioned the impartiality of the Constitutional Court. However, he has assumed that this pact “opens a loophole” to be able to “reach more agreements” and has cited: the State pact on gender violence; an agreement to reform the Immigration Law; an agreement to modify the system of regional financing. “Let’s look for the agreement; the rest is just stories,” he said.

The PNV has accused the PP and the Socialists of being imprudent in expressing political opinions in relation to the judiciary and its members. The Basque nationalists believe that the pact between the PP and the PSOE will not solve the continuous problems of independence that the parties transfer to judges and magistrates.

Bildu has not considered the agreement positive either because it does not address the problem of the instrumentalisation of justice. For this party “the judicial apparatus is the heir of the 1978 regime and anyone who contradicts the extreme right or the reactionary bloc will face consequences.”

Junts has argued that this pact “does not regenerate anything.” “The rot of Spanish justice continues, vigilante judges constituted as a mafia remain and a monarchy inherited from Francoism remains,” said its spokesperson Miriam Nogueras. The Junts deputy has asked for “protection mechanisms against Marchenas, Llarenas and Aguirres. Spain will not be a democracy until the judicial mafia is finished.”

For ERC, according to Gabriel Rufián, the agreement is “bad” and is proof that “there is complicity in the unreasonableness of the State.” PP and PSOE, he said, agree to apply article 155, prevent investigations into the corruption of the monarchy or cut back on the Yes is Yes law.

Sumar, for its part, has assured that it will never accept that the members of the Judicial Power Council be elected by the judges themselves because, according to its deputy Enrique Santiago, “legitimacy only emanates from Congress.” For the minority partner of the Government, the law agreed by the PP and PSOE “has deficiencies” and “does not guarantee that Justice emanates from the people.”

Vox has described the pact as a “mockery” and its spokesperson Pepa Millán has taken the opportunity to attack the control that, in her opinion, Sánchez maintains over the Constitutional Court, to which he “gives instructions” to annul the sentences of the ERE and try to subvert the judicial order by supplanting the Supreme Court. For Vox, the worst thing is that the PP lends itself to this game and “comes to the rescue of a Government that is surrounded by corruption.” “You have linked the future of Justice in Spain to the word of a liar and a coward,” she concluded.

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