Prime Minister Says Discussion on Constitutional Reform is Off the Table

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Wednesday 7th November, 2018-Plans to begin discussion on constitutional reform have been abandoned following the outcome of Tuesday’s referendum.

The agreement to move ahead with discussions were agreed to by Prime Minister the Hon. Gaston Browne, in part to garner the support of the Opposition United Progressive Party in siding with the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).

But speaking following the results of the referendum, Prime Minister Browne declared his government’s position on the topic of constitutional reform.

Government had already selected retired CCJ President, Sir Denis Byron as chairman of the Constitutional Reform Committee and former Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer had agreed to serve as deputy chairman, following his nomination by the opposition UPP. Plans were also in motion to select the members of the committee.

 Prime Minister Browne says he has accepted the results of the referendum and acknowledged that his government was depending on the main opposition party’s support in securing enough yes votes, in favour of the Caribbean Court of Justice.

The numbers released by the Antigua and Barbuda Electoral Commission (ABEC) show 48.79% voted Yes for the CCJ and 51.21%- No.

A total of 17,743 voters participated in the referendum, representing 33.55%.