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Apr 4, 2019

Government Prepares Itself for Worst Case Scenario

Michael Peyrefitte

All things considered, government is already looking at the worst case scenario which simply means that the referendum may very well be held in June, after the issue has been taken to the House of Representatives for a vote.  In any event, AG Peyrefitte says that the U.D.P. will have the majority vote when that time comes.

 

Michael Peyrefitte, Attorney General

“If the Court of Appeal hears the matter and agrees with the Chief Justice or if the Court of Appeal hears the matter but does not decide on it until after April tenth or decides to hear it after April tenth well then there can be no referendum on April tenth.  Another issue that was discussed yesterday, the prime minister had indicated that on Monday you would have a trial of the substantive matter, however, I think what the Chief Justice said is going to happen on Monday is a first hearing.  So I don‘t think that there is any chance in hell that the Chief Justice would hear the substantive matter on Monday and have a decision before April tenth.  So I think at this stage, where we are right now is that the government has decided to appeal the decision regarding the injunction and we are hoping that the Court of Appeal can render a decision before April tenth or enough time before April tenth so we can proceed to the referendum on April tenth.  If the Court of Appeal disagrees with us or if it goes beyond April tenth then the referendum is delayed.  I would say, as well that if the Court of Appeal agrees with the Chief Justice we would have to think very hard as to whether or not we would want to appeal that and then go to the C.C.J. which is different from the I.C.J.  But I think at that point we would have to, as a responsible government, consider, consider the possibility of going to the House of Representatives and just proceed with the debate and even though we feel that what we have done is adequate, to put all doubt to rest we can go to the House and we already know what the vote will be because all the members on the U.D.P. side have said that they are for the people voting in the referendum.”

 

Late this evening, the government issued a lengthy release confirming what the Attorney General has said.


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