After seeing how it could not negotiate the 2023 Budget with the PP for having registered its amendments late, Vox wants to force Isabel Díaz Ayuso's party to withdraw the current public accounts project (which should be voted on December 22) and register one new, which therefore could trade from scratch starting in January.
Thus, Rocío Monasterio, spokesperson for the extreme right in the Assembly, announced this Thursday that her party will vote on Friday against the Budget ruling, which means accelerating her bid to overthrow the current project.
While waiting for the Chamber's legal services to clarify whether this decision is enough for the accounts to decline without reaching a vote in plenary session on the 22nd, where the ultras would also vote against, according to Monasterio, four things are clear.
First: the war between the PP and Vox has begun.
Second: Vox has stopped guaranteeing its support for government projects that it has not previously negotiated, as it has demonstrated this Thursday by voting against the single reading of the law for the organization and coordination of urban transport in the region.
Third: Ayuso's team considers it impossible to process new Budgets on time, as Vox wants, because January is a non-working day, and the Assembly will be dissolved in April because there are elections in May.
And fourth: the opposition considers that Vox can change its mind at any time, not vote against the sections of the current Budget, and allow its abstention to approve the 2023 accounts in a timely manner.
"Tomorrow [por el viernes] we have an opinion in which no Vox amendment has been included as of today," Monasterio said, referring to the fact that the Board of the Chamber refused to include the proposals of the extreme right because they were registered. Out of time.
"We cannot vote in favor of the ruling, nor abstain," he added, taking for granted that this would put an end to the project as a whole, canceling next week's plenary session, an opinion that is not shared by either the PP or the PSOE.
"We will have to vote against an opinion that does not include Vox's amendments."
Bringing forward the veto of the Budgets by almost a week, ending the project in the commission this Friday and not in the plenary session next Thursday, has a strategic advantage for Vox.
By expressing his refusal in a commission, he avoids the photograph that would have allowed that same decision to be made with all the spotlights of the plenary session of the Assembly next Thursday: Vox joining Más Madrid, PSOE and Podemos.
A sum that, if it finally occurs, Ayuso will surely remember insistently in the coming months.
Because the regional president may have lost the present to start winning the future: the decision that the extreme right now claims to make, always susceptible to being changed at the last minute, as precedents show, will mark the electoral campaign for the municipal elections and regional authorities on May 28.
An approved budget
"I will not be able to accompany you on this trip," Ayuso snapped at Monasterio before learning of Vox's decision.
“They try to either attract attention or divide the PP to take away votes.
They are only focused on this, without ever measuring ”, he continued.
"Whenever they bring proposals, either they are not within my competence, or they try to erode the PP or do it with me," he added, before directly attacking Monasterio: "You are not interested in the Community of Madrid.
It's in disarray.
Maybe you want to go to the City Hall, but you can't afford it with us.
(...) If you want to leave the Community of Madrid because this bores you, say so, but don't bring up issues that are not within my competence”.
Once Vox's decision was known, and with the PP plunged into maximum anxiety, Ayuso has reacted through a message written on Twitter.
"We wanted to implement the sanctioning regime that gives security to the users of the VTC and avoids bad practices", he has written about the rejection of his alleged partners to the processing by single reading of the law for the management and coordination of urban transport in the region.
“Vox said to vote yes.
Now, no, ”he said, mixing Vox agreeing with the reform with disagreeing with processing it by single reading.
“As with budgets.
Like everything lately."
We wanted to implement the penalty regime that gives security to VTC users and prevents bad practices.
Vox said to vote yes.
Like with budgets.
As with everything lately.
— Isabel Díaz Ayuso (@IdiazAyuso) December 15, 2022
In any case, extending the Budgets would be a major political blow against Ayuso.
And not just because he would be left without a basic tool to launch the election year, and fatten his candidacy through record spending (2.7 billion more than the previous plan).
The regional president did not even present a public accounts project in 2019 and 2020: the PP depended on an impossible pact with Cs and Vox.
Approving the 2022 accounts in 2021 was used by the spokespersons for the Executive as the best example that advancing the regional elections had been a good decision: removing Cs from the equation, you could count on a much more reliable partner, Vox.
The situation now changes radically, leads to extending the 2022 Budget in 2023, and blurs Ayuso's balance sheet as president:
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