Former ministers and former deputies harshly criticize Congress "plurilingual": "Exceeds any reasonable point"

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Criticism of the current Government’s proposals does not cease. Again, this Friday, on the occasion of the co-official languages ​​in Congress. It was at the doors of the Lower House where the former Minister of Culture Soledad Becerril (UCD and PP) and the former deputies Eugenio Nasarre (PP) y Pedro Bofill (PSOE) have delivered to the secretariat of the President of Congress a document signed, so far, by 66 former parliamentarians and thinkers from all the parties of the “constitutionalist” arc. Among these, they point out UCD, PSOE, PP, CDS, UPyD and Ciudadanos. Of these formations, in addition to those already mentioned, the former general secretary of the PSOE Madrid, Tomás Gómez, Javier Rojo, Rosa Díez, Joaquín Leguina, Nicolás Redondo or former ministers popular Maria Dolores de Cospedal, Miguel Arias Cañete.

A text with a fundamental objective: the defense of Spanish as a “common language” and “against the reform of the Regulations” that the PSOE approved together with Sumar to make the use of Catalan, Basque and Galician official in the Chamber.

In the words of Becerril herself, they have expressed their rejection of the decision made, mainly because Francina Armengol, “without the necessary consensus” to modify the Regulation. Likewise, he has declared rejecting the decision for the Chamber to become “multilingual”, instead of using the “common language”, the use of which “is a constitutional duty”, he has pronounced. In his speech he also went so far as to say that although these highly respected regional languages ​​enrich SpainCongress has always made Spanish “the language in which we deputies have always understood each other.”

Between Nasarre and Bofill they have clarified that the manifesto created in three days was prepared to go against the “abusive haste with which this swallowing of the regulations was going to be carried out.” “We are concerned about parliamentary life,” said the former deputy. popular.

Along these lines, Nasarre himself has also indicated that “we are concerned” that this change has been made to “satisfy the needs of nationalist groups.” To which he added that it “exceeds any reasonable point” of a “democratic and liberal” system.

This letter, which asks the honorable Members to remake an initiative for “the good of our coexistence”, comes after the Congress Board approved this Wednesday the use of Catalan, Basque and Galician in the plenary sessions of the Lower House. Because the socialist formation has, together with Sumar, a majority, they applied this change that will begin to be applied in the plenary sessions of the investiture session of Alberto Núñez Feijóo.

Although this rapid regulatory change carries with it a warning. The Chamber’s own lawyers pointed out that implementing the use of co-official languages ​​throughout the legislative process will require a complete review of Parliament’s procedures and deadlines.


On his own, the socialist Bofill has spoken out about the expulsion of Nicolás Redondo from the PSOE. Regarding her, he has felt that he is “surprised and saddened” by the fact that he supposes he has been kicked out for not agreeing with the project to “amnesty a fugitive from Justice.” From his perspective, which reflects 45 years of socialist militancy, he has declared that he has disagreed with “all the directions that there have been,” and that he had never felt “limited” in his freedom of expression until now. .

Regarding the amnesty, he has asked rhetorically: How can we exonerate a fugitive from justice before he is punished and has committed a crime of sedition?” In this circumstance, he has responded that the “guilty” are the that “we defend legality”, because with this legal reform “Justice itself is called into question”, said the former socialist parliamentarian.

Looking ahead to the event called by the PP against a possible amnesty next Sunday the 24th, Bofill has indicated that “I don’t know what I will do.” Which leaves the door open to a possible participation in the event by a party other than the one that registers his militancy.

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