Junts per Catalunya deputies have presented a filing to Spain's Constitutional Court asking it to not accept the appeal Mariano Rajoy's government has announced today against the investiture debate for Carles Puigdemont planned for next Tuesday. The pro-independence party has also presented an urgent action to the Supreme Court against the cabinet's decision. If neither of these paths works for them to stop the Spanish executive's action against the investiture debate, they will appeal to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.
The Constitutional Court will decide at 1pm tomorrow about the Rajoy government's appeal. Once it was confirmed that the Madrid cabinet had decided to present the appeal, against the advice of the Council of State, JuntsxCat submitted their own filing calling for it to not be accepted. As for the Supreme Court, they filed a procedure for the protection of fundamental rights at 5pm, asking for the immediate cautionary suspension of the action the Spanish government wants to use to prevent the investiture. The deputies argue that it violates the deputies' basic rights.
"It's a preventative action to avoid a greater evil, which would be that if this baseless lawsuit is accepted, the rights of Catalan deputies would be violated", said the first deputy speaker of the Parliament and JuntsxCat deputy, Josep Costa, and deputy Gemma Geis.
"The objective is the suspension of the Spanish government's suspension request and for there to be as such no decision which prevents the normal running of the debate on Tuesday," they summarised.
If the highest-ranking Spanish legal bodies don't consider these requests but the suspension of the debate is confirmed, the deputies will turn to Strasbourg to denounce the violation of articles 10 and 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights and article 2 of the Lisbon Treaty, about democracy and the violation of rights, the deputies warned.