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Catalan Separatists Preparing Supporters to Accept Sanchez Deal

  • Esquerra leaders have held meetings with grassroots groups
  • Barcelona court case could trigger another Catalan election
Pedro Sanchez
Pedro SanchezPhotographer: Angel Navarrete/Bloomberg

The Catalan separatist party holding the key to unlocking a national government for Spain is preparing its supporters for the possibility of a deal that would put acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez back in power.

While the leaders of Esquerra Republicana haven’t yet decided to give Sanchez the votes he needs, they’ve already started meeting with local groups in order to minimize the potential backlash if they do eventually back a Socialist-led administration, two party officials said. In exchange for their support, Esquerra wants Sanchez to engage directly in talks over the future of Catalonia, the officials said, asking not to be named discussing party strategy. Contact between the two sides has been minimal so far, they added.