The Minister of Defense, Margarita Robles, said today that the independence parties "will have to justify why they do not want to support" budgets of "clear social content", and has reproached them for mixing that agreement with judicial procedures.
The deputy spokesman of ERC in the Congress, Joan Tardá, has written today in his account of Twitter, on the position of his party with respect to the budgets of 2019, that "nothing will be negotiated if Pedro Sánchez does not 'move' before to the political prisoners (Prosecutor's Office) and progress is made in a dialogue that includes the debate autonomy versus self-determination ".
"There is no need to mix one issue with the others: the subject of the judicial procedure is something that corresponds only and exclusively to the judges and, therefore, in a democracy, no Executive Power can have any type of influence on the Judicial Power", Robles answered at the opening, in Madrid, of the exhibition "175 years of our flag".
The minister insisted that the judges will "make the decisions they have to make", while the Executive Branch "plays its part", that is, presents budgets "of clear social content".
"Those independentistas will have to justify why they do not want to support some budgets that what they do is improve the conditions, above all, of those people who have suffered worse as a consequence of the economic crisis," Robles said.
The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, and the Secretary General of Podemos, Pablo Iglesias, signed on Thursday a budget agreement that, among other points, contemplates a historic rise in the minimum inter-professional salary (SMI) of 22.3%, up to 900 gross monthly euros.
Robles has made a "call to responsibility" to support the agreement: "They are budgets of clear social content thinking of those who have suffered the consequences of the crisis, and parties that do not want to support them will have to explain to citizens their lack of social commitment, "he concluded.