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UPP Softens Stance on CCJ

Tuesday 25th September, 2018-The Opposition United Progressive Party has urged its members to vote with their conscience in the upcoming referendum, on whether the Caribbean Court of Justice should be Antigua and Barbuda’s final Court of Appeal.

Former Attorney General, Justin Simon says the shift in the party’s stance, follows last Sunday’s General Council Meeting. Previously, the Leader of the UPP in the House of Representatives, Jamale Pringle had declared he could not support the referendum, since he believed it should move beyond a single issue.

But the former AG’s address at the General Council Meeting appeared to have made a difference, and the party has now softened its stance.

Speaking on state television this morning, the Queen’s Counsel in defending the UPP’s earlier position said it wasn’t necessarily an outright no, but rather along with the vote, some were of the belief there should be other constitutional reform provisions added.

Mr. Simon says the CCJ should be the only vote in the upcoming referendum and has welcomed steps that are to be taken by the government, in the area of constitutional reform.

In response to Prime Minister Gaston Browne’s proposal that the Opposition UPP be given the opportunity to nominate the deputy chairman of the Constitutional Reform Commission, The former attorney general says he has advised the party on who should be nominated.

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