PM Browne and Spencer to Meet to Discuss Staging of Referendum on CCJ

Written by on January 30, 2017

The Leader of the Opposition, Baldwin Spencer is minutes away from leading a five-person delegation to the Prime Minister’s Office to hold talks on the planned Referendum on the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).

The former Prime Minister is to meet with a team of five person from the government headed by Prime Minister Gaston Browne where they will discuss the details surrounding the staging of the referendum on the CCJ.

In December, the Government has offered the main opposition the United Progressive Party (UPP) to lead the campaign to inform electors of the pending referendum intended to cause a choice between the CCJ and the Privy Council, in order to eliminate the question of political bias.

Both parties agreed that the planned referendum is not a partisan political issue adding that if any political party tries to turn the issue into a partisan affair, then the referendum will not go forward.

According to the Prime Minister 67% of the electorate are required to vote “yes” if the referendum is to succeed. He said that any waffling or jostling that is not understood as a clear support for the referendum by the UPP will result in the referendum being postponed indefinitely.

Parliament agreed to conduct the referendum before March 31, 2017. The meeting is scheduled for 1pm.

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