The PSOE wants to settle the crisis over the trans law, which has generated a significant wound within Pedro Sánchez’s party. That is why the Socialist Group will request a final extension to the deadline for submitting amendments to the rule promoted by Irene Montero. The Ministry of Equality had complained that the Socialists requested two extensions since the rule passed the entire process a few weeks ago, despite the fact that the average is much higher. There will be a third request by the PSOE, but no more, according to socialist sources.
The resignation of the PSOE to change gender self-determination paves the way for the trans law
The socialist leadership decided last week not to touch the part of the free gender self-determination of transsexual people, which is the one that has generated the most conflict in an important sector of the party’s feminism, and to focus the changes on the concept of “intra-gender violence”. ” that appears in the norm that Montero took in the second round to the Council of Ministers. The intention of the PSOE is to leave the text as it came out in the first round, that is, the one agreed upon by Montero and the then vice president Carmen Calvo, who has been very critical of this legislative project in recent weeks.
In the last few hours the PSOE has worked on the changes it wants to introduce to the trans law, but there is no time to have them ready for this Wednesday, which is when the deadline for the presentation of the amendments would have to close. That is why he will ask for an extra extension. However, socialist sources point out that next Monday they will make their proposals public and register them in Congress. The intention is to close as soon as possible the matter that generates a great internal debate, although the conclusions of last week did not manage to placate the spirits.
With the decision not to touch the most important part of the law, the one related to gender self-determination, what it has achieved is to pave the way for the trans law, which has choked Pedro Sánchez internally to the point of have provoked crossed complaints that have reached the Ethics and Guarantees Commission.
United We Can have spent weeks accusing their government partner of “stirring up” and of trying to block the parliamentary processing of the new norm. This same Tuesday, his parliamentary spokesman, Pablo Echenique, insisted on calling on the PSOE to allow the processing of the Trans Law in Congress and not to present modifications to the central points.
The PSOE rebels against the pressure of Equality
Even so, from the Ministry of Equality they receive as good news that in the debate within the PSOE respect for gender self-determination has ended up being imposed, something that they consider to be the heart of the new law and that they did not accept lowering or returning to negotiate, after the text of the preliminary draft was negotiated in its day between Irene Montero and Carmen Calvo, one of the socialist voices most openly against the law.
From the department of Montero, however, they have shown their “concern” about this new extension and to prevent the approval of the law from extending beyond the end of the year, they are going to propose a calendar to the groups. According to sources from the Ministry, the schedule that they are going to propose will include that the term of the amendments concludes on November 2 and that of the presentation, on the 18th of that month. The objective, they insist, is that “the law is approved before the end of the year and without cuts in rights with respect to the text already agreed in the Government.”
The PSOE has not been well served by the pressure from the Ministry of Equality. “The legislative power has its times and the obligation of the rest of the powers is to respect it,” they respond from Sánchez’s party to the message sent from the Montero department. “The extension of the term of amendments of any law is approved by majority, it is not an exclusive decision of any parliamentary group. For this reason, we demand the legitimate respect that corresponds to a process that, for the smooth running of a law as necessary as this one, must be carried out free of unjustified pressure”, they add from the PSOE, which ensures that its amendments intend that the “text be guarantor and that he is free from any possibility of being appealed before the Constitutional Court” and that he is doing “complex and rigorous work that requires time” to “provide greater legal certainty” to the law.