PM to go through with budget test
By James Parkes PM PEDRO Sánchez announced on Tuesday evening that he would be presenting the 2019 budget plan to Parliament for approval.
Until this week, the PM, as published in CBNews, has insisted on not presenting the proposal agreed to only between the PSOE and Podemos because it would lack MPs support.
With the PP and Ciudadanos warning they will vote against the budget, the PSOE need the support of Basque nationalists (which they claim to have) and their Catalan counterparts who have so far stated they would not support the budget until the 'Catalan politicians’ in prison situation' is resolved.
Analysts even speculated the PM could call a general election in spring - even coinciding with the local, regional and EU elections in May.
However, the surprising rise of far-right wing party Vox in the Andalucía election has had an immediate effect on all party's plans.
The PSOE fiasco does no longer allow for an optimistic forecast for the party if elections are called in spring. Meanwhile, the nationalists parties' could face even more problems if the extreme-right party results are carried on to a general election.
That fear is what the PM will be playing on to obtain their support of the budget.
Alternatively, with the glim election forecasts for the socialists, the PM could decide to go ahead without a budget for 2019 and rule applying royal decrees approved in Cabinet only.
This situation could not go on too long however as a vote of no-confidence would always be looming, so analysts now believe the PM will hang on enough to push a possible general election date back to Autumn next year.