Monday 28th May, 2018 –With a referendum on the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) likely by the end of September 2018, there is a fresh appeal from the Antiguan and Barbudan Prime Minister for citizens to lend their support to the transition.
Government’s intention to re-start the process was made known by Attorney General the Hon. Steadroy Benjamin during the recent retirement ceremony for CCJ President Sir Dennis Byron.
The Opposition United Progressive party (UPP) is being blamed for stalling the process due to certain concerns they expressed regarding constitutional reform.
Prime Minister Gaston Browne speaking at the weekend on the Browne and Browne show expressed confidence that once the education campaign re-commences, government will go all the way to a referendum.
He defended the regional court headquartered in Trinidad, and is persuading the public to make the CCJ this country’s final court of appeal, over the London based Privy Council.
In order for the Privy Council to be replaced by the CCJ and the final court of appeal a more than 60% majority is required in the referendum.
Prime Minister Browne says he is looking at a former Attorney General of Antigua and Barbuda to serve as chairman of the process going forward.