It is expected that the PS party will vote in favour, that PAN and the non-registered MPs Joacine Katar Moreira and Cristina Rodrigues will abstain, and the PSD, BE, PCP, CDS, IL and Chega will vote against.

If the expected votes take place then the budget proposal will be rejected with 108 deputies in favour, 115 against and 5 abstentions, if all 230 parliamentarians are present.

Voting should take place in the afternoon, after the end of the parliamentary debate in the plenary, which starts at 10:00.

At the beginning of the parliamentary debate, which began on Tuesday, António Costa called on the Left Bloc, PCP and PEV to agree to continue the budget negotiations.

The prime minister also stressed that "it doesn't make sense" for BE and PCP to vote against the State Budget due to labour laws.

If the State Budget fails today, the President of the Republic has already announced that he will dissolve the parliament and call for early legislative elections.

The State Budget proposal for 2022 delivered to parliament predicts that the Portuguese economy will grow 4.8% in 2021 and 5.5% in 2022.

In the document, the executive estimates that the deficit of national public accounts should be 4.3% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2021 and fall to 3.2% in 2022, also predicting that the Portuguese unemployment rate will fall to 6.5% next year, “reaching the lowest value since 2003”.

Public debt is expected to reach 122.8% of GDP in 2022, compared to an estimate of 126.9% for this year.