A way out of the mess

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I am a candidate for the Presidency of Catalonia and for this reason I head an electoral list. I believe that when one aspires to the chief executive position of our country it should not be done in any other manner.

I want to work to find solutions to the problems of our citizens, not to increase the problems we have as a country.

In short, I want to find a way out of the mess – or as some like to call it, the process.

I want to work to broaden the consensus in favour of a stronger self-government for Catalonia, for a more dynamic economy, for a better distribution of prosperity, and for a democracy of greater quality.

I am absolutely convinced that we are all Catalonia and that division does not bring us anything positive.

I am the heir of an inclusive catalanism, and of the magnificent efforts of the PSUC, the PSC, and the trade unions, that did not just strengthen the civil unity of our people but also knew how to incorporate people with diverse origins, languages and cultures within a popular and social catalanism.

I believe that we still have a long way to go together to achieve a freer, more prosperous, and fairer Catalonia without the need to divide ourselves into two halves that are difficult to reconcile.

I believe that to put feelings to a vote, to think that razor-thin majorities can force an irreversible break is a serious error. An error not only because this course will this not produce any sort of advance, but also because it could produce setbacks that will harm us all.

There are those who say that these elections are a plebiscite. In plebiscites, citizens are called upon to decide in favour or against a specific issue. In elections, citizens choose the deputies that will represent them in Parliament.

While it is true that the elections could result in a pro-independence majority, the elections will not generate a democratic decision on the independence issue; this requires a radical change in the current legal framework and a democratic mandate that can only derive from negotiated referendum.

Expressed in simpler terms, a pro-independence majority of deputies cannot proclaim independence without situating themselves and the institutions they serve outside the law. Any move with these characteristics would be highly dangerous and the seriousness of the consequences it would produce cannot be disguised.

There is no unilateral solution to the relationship between Catalonia and Spain as a whole. We all know this. If in order to reform the Statue of Autonomy, two-thirds of Parliament was required, how could independence require less support? If in order to reform the Statute of Autonomy it was necessary to negotiate with the Cortes Generales of Spain, how could independence not require any type of negotiation?

Too often I hear it said that if the laws are disliked or are considered unjust, they must not be obeyed. When the President of Catalonia or Mayor of Catalonia say this, I cannot agree.

If the laws are disliked or are considered unjust, they must be changed according to the procedures established by the laws themselves. The democratic system forms the bedrock of our coexistence requires compliance with the laws. Otherwise, the law of the strongest, the law of the jungle, would reign. I do not want this for my country not for my country of today nor for the new country that some want to build.

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