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Apr 8, 2019

PM Barrow: “We will not be having a referendum on Wednesday, April tenth”

Dean Barrow

Immediately after the ruling of the Court of Appeal upholding the injunction, the Prime Minister held a lengthy press conference at the Laing Building. P.M. Dean Barrow accepted that the referendum would not proceed on Wednesday.


Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“We will not be having a referendum on Wednesday April the tenth. I am in no doubt that we will be having a referendum on going to the I.C.J. no later than six to eight weeks from the originally scheduled date. I want to be clear about a number of things. Again, I have tried to keep my campaign for a yes vote above partisan politics but I must say that all this is part of the Opposition’s delay tactics and to my mind amount to an effort to stymie Belizean democracy, to deprive the people of this country of their right to choose. But let’s first of all understand what happened today. It is not that the Chief Justice’s injunction was upheld. It is that the court found that they could not hear our appeal against that injunction until twenty one days would have expired from the filing of the grounds of appeal. We knew of the section in the Court of Appeal Act that so stated but we thought that we could persuade the court to get around what appeared to be absolute prohibition. We did not succeed. So it meant that in effect the appeal against Chief Justice Benjamin’s issuing of the injunction was not heard.”

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