The legal ‘plan B’, the star proposal of the Popular Party of Pablo Casado to face the pandemic that last November she was laid down in the Congress of Deputies, begins to achieve adhesions five months later before the end of the state of alarm, on May 9. The popular ones have re-registered the initiative, which this Tuesday has been qualified by the Board of Congress for what will foreseeably reach the Plenary in the coming weeks for its admission for processing. And parties that have been partners of the Government in the investiture and the Budgets, such as ERC, PNV, Compromís, and Más País, are now open to support the PP measure given the lack of alternative of the Executive for when the exceptionality ends, within two weeks.
The PP does not get support for its “legal plan B”, one of Casado’s star proposals against the state of alarm
Despite the pressure from partners, which has been increasing in recent days, the Government maintains that the current legislation is enough to face the final stretch of the pandemic once the state of alarm subsides on May 9. The spokeswoman, María Jesús Montero, has insisted that the communities can agree on limitations and restrictions according to the 1986 health law that, in case of affecting fundamental rights, will have to be ratified by the corresponding superior courts of justice.
Montero has reiterated that the Government trusts that it is not necessary to extend the state of alarm: “In view of the data, we consider that it will not be necessary.” In addition, it has reinforced that position in the refusal to an extension that the PP has already announced through its spokesman in the Senate, Javier Maroto. Montero recalled that the PSOE and PP govern most of the communities.
“We are willing to amend any irresponsibility. And it seems to us quite irresponsible, with the data we have on the pandemic, first that the President of the Government communicates with the communities via headlines and after that the Government promised to create a new legal framework for not having to resort to a state of alarm and none of that has occurred “, the ERC spokesman in Congress, Gabriel Rufián, had explained at a press conference minutes before.
In his opinion, “the question is what happens when the state of alarm ends”, and his “suspicion is that perhaps” the Government does not want to say “according to what things about the elections in Madrid.” “They believe that if they prevent people from drinking beer, that will take away their votes. But above anything else is the health of the citizens. We are willing to amend any irresponsibility,” he insisted, in response to the repeated question of journalists. on the legal ‘plan B’ of the PP.
Íñigo Errejón, spokesperson for Más País in Congress and another of the government’s regular partners, has assured that he is also “studying” the PP proposal “because it has interesting elements but it has elements that can be very delicate.” “This happens due to the inaction of the Government. It has not explained to the Spanish what will happen on May 10, it is not known what the plan is,” Errejón denounced in the Lower House. In his opinion, those “constitutionally delicate matters” of the PP proposal have to do with the restriction of freedoms that, in his opinion, “always have to be decided in Congress.” In the same vein, the spokesperson for Compromís, Joan Baldoví, spoke minutes before.
In search of an “alternative”
“The PP sent us the proposal last week and we received it and we are going to study it,” said PDCat spokesman Ferran Bel, who has also opened up to support this initiative by the Casado team. “Obviously we would like an alternative to the state of alarm. And if there is no alternative, we will study all the possibilities,” he insisted.
On the other hand, the PNV spokesman in Congress, Aitor Esteban, is in favor of prolonging the state of alarm beyond May 9. Interviewed in The hour of the 1Esteban has considered that “it should be extended for a short period” and argues that there are no legal alternatives to restrict mobility and stop the coronavirus. “The most useful instrument to restrict mobility must continue to be used,” he insisted.
Mertxe Aizpurua, spokesperson for EH Bildu in Parliament, has considered it “curious” that the PP leads the alternative initiative to the state of alarm because it is “a party that has not supported the measures of the pandemic at all.” However, it has recognized that “it is true that there is a gap in regulatory capacity.” “This situation of insecurity cannot be maintained until May 9. It is up to the Government to lead and put in place the necessary mechanisms. There is time to be able to do things but it is up to the Government to do it. We will value it and we will see it. and it has to be agreed by the autonomous communities “.
On November 17 the Proposal for an Organic Law for the protection of health and fundamental rights and freedoms of the PP, known as “legal plan B” to face the pandemic, did not have the necessary support not even to start its parliamentary process.
The legislative initiative of the PP proposes to abandon, as far as possible, constitutional exceptionality, and “combine the protection of the health of citizens with greater judicial guarantees and greater protection of their constitutional rights, in addition to making agile instruments available to public administrations and effective for containing pandemics and health emergencies “.