Spain's lower house of parliament debated a historically sensitive subject on Tuesday evening: the exhumation of the remains of Francisco Franco from a giant monument to the fallen in the Civil War that he ordered built in 1940, and their reburial elsewhere.

Introducing the bill for the socialists, MP Gregorio Cámara said there was "nothing in it that any democrat couldn't support".

The Valle de los Caídos ("Valley of the Fallen") is a basilica and site that contains the remains of 33 847 people. It took nearly 19 years to build and is topped by a giant 150m cross.

The Socialist Pa...