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Apr 3, 2019

Worst Case Scenario – a Short-term Postponement of I.C.J. Referendum

Dean Barrow

The Court of Appeal is also an immediate first option in the wake of the Chief Justice’s milestone decision; that application being signed before C.J. Benjamin could properly exit his chamber.  But is time still on government’s side, considering the slow pace at which the judicial system works and the tight deadline ahead?  PM Barrow says the worst case scenario is a short-term postponement of the I.C.J. referendum.


Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“We will seek to get before the Belize Court of Appeal immediately.  I don’t mean today, but we will file the application certainly first thing tomorrow morning and we believe that it is perfectly open to the court to hear our application for interim relief on an urgent basis.  So in the context of all three streams, if you will, in the context of all three courses of action, we have every hope of getting a result that would allow us to proceed on Wednesday.  In the event we don’t, we are absolutely confident that any postponement will be a short-term postponement.  We are completely sure of an eventual outcome that will allow this referendum to proceed and that will give the people of this country what is their absolute right to make a determination one way or another.”

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