Moment 2 The years 2006- 2007: the Referendum for the new Statute of Autonomy

Catalan MonitorHistory, Special Report

On June 18, 2006, the referendum on the new Statute was held after a tough political battle between the PDD (along with a whole series of  sectorial platforms) and the majority of institutional parties (except ERC) that defended the YES vote. The result of the referendum gave a participation that failed to reach the 50% mark. Of this participation, 27% was of rejection between NO (20.7%) blanks (5’34%) and null. The Statute was therefore, passed by referèndum. But just then, on July 31, 2006, the Popular Party, after collecting signatures throughout the State against the new statute (an activity that future Foreign Minister Margallo -who did not sign- was to describe as “unaesthetic”), appealed to the Constitutional Court against the text passed in referendum and the TC (Constitutional Court) admitted it. A political and legal battle that was to last 4 years – in the midst of the global economic and social crisis that has become evident since 2007 – the result of which, with even more cuts in a referendum, certifies that Spain’s autonomous model  has failed. Nowthe Catalan popular movement no longer wants more cuts and statutes. It demands to move forward to create a new country project: a state with its own sovereignty.