Constitutional Crisis Looms as Spain Postpones Reading of Military Union Law

by | Mar 21, 2021 | News | 0 comments

Prime Minister Mendoza add a recent fundraiser.

Madrid – Mere hours after the Queen announced her intent to veto the Gibraltar Liberation Law if passed by the Cortes Generales, the President of the Congress of Deputies has postponed the reading of the Military Union Law. The Military Union Law would unify the Spanish and Portuguese Armed Forces into the Iberian Armed Forces and is the next step in the unification process. A similar law has already been approved in the Assembleia do Reino.

In her decision to postpone the reading and thus the vote, the President stated that a pressing issue of national security has come up which requires greater opportunity. Sources inside the Royal Palace as well as the Ministry of Unification and Ministry of Defence which were respectively formed and unified in an earlier law, believe this is a power move by Prime Minister Mendoza. By holding the Military Union Law hostage she seeks to force the Queen to sign the Gibraltar Liberation Law.

If the Cortes Generales were to vote against the Military Union Law it would trigger an active constitutional crisis as at that point an Iberian Armed Force would already exist under the Portuguese Law while Spain maintains its own armed force. Furthermore it would undermine the constitutional power the Queen holds over the Spanish Armed Forces and the African Legion. It would also effectively constitute an act of rebellion by the Spanish government against the Queen.

The Royal Palace has not issued a formal statement, however a high ranking member of the Queen’s household has reported she was enraged when she heard the news. The Queen is expected to seek a private meeting with the Prime Ministers of Spain and Portugal to resolve the looming crisis and pass the Military Union Law.