Spain’s Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez is considering a snap election for April as it looks more likely that the minority government may be forced to go to the polls as it has struggled to rally support for its 2019 budget.

The Deputy Secretary-General of the ruling Socialist Party, Adriana Lastra, said on February 11 that national elections were unavoidable if the budget failed to pass.

Polling suggests that the conservative Popular Party and the right-wing Vox will be the main beneficiaries of an early poll.

The Socialist minority government has only been in power since May 2018 with the support of smaller parties, including Catalan nationalists who want to secede from the rest of Spain, many of who openly supporter and an illegal referendum on Catalan independence.