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Apr 3, 2019

A New Plan is Hatched, PM Barrow Introduces another Legal Strategy

Lisa Shoman

PM Barrow has outlined a three-pronged approach to tackling the latest obstacle in government’s path to the I.C.J. referendum.  That impromptu plan of action includes an application for a reworking of the order that the Chief Justice has made.  Government also seeks leave for the referendum to proceed on Wednesday, but the results of which would be certified following the completion of the more substantive case at hand.


Dean Barrow

Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“We are going to proceed in three ways.  I believe our counsel Ms. Shoman indicated that she would be applying to the judge for a variation of the order that he made.  I wasn’t there and so in terms of exactly what the judge said by way of reasoning in coming to the decision that he did, I’m not entirely up to speed.  Immediately after this press conference, the attorney general and I will huddle and of course Ms. Shoman will join us a little bit later.  But certainly, I know from her that there will be an application to the judge to vary his order so that the referendum might proceed without there being a certification of the results of the vote by the Chief Elections Officer until the larger case would have been completed.  At the same time, the Chief Justice has already signaled that in fact the substantive matter will proceed and will begin on Monday.  Now, I don’t see why, given the urgency of the situation, that substantive hearing can’t be concluded Monday evening and why there can’t be a decision on Tuesday, and I would certainly expect such a decision to in fact ultimately uphold the referendum proceeding on Wednesday.”

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