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A.J. Nicholson blasts JLP on pushing for a CCJ referendum

Published:Sunday | November 16, 2014 | 11:22 AM
Foreign Affairs Minister A.J. Nicholson - File

Minister of Foreign Affairs A.J. Nicholson has criticised the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) for insisting on a referendum to decide whether Jamaica joins the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).

The criticism comes days before Parliament is scheduled to begin debating a bill that seeks to have the CCJ replace the London-based Privy Council as the country’s final court.

The Portia Simpson Miller administration wants the decision made through legislative action, while the Andrew Holness-led JLP wants the decision made by Jamaicans through a referendum.

But speaking from Tokyo where he is attending the Japan-CARICOM Ministerial-Level Conference, Nicholson re-iterated that a referendum is a political undertaking and warned that it would be unwise to have matters related to the judiciary placed on a political platform.

With his party’s majority in the Lower House of Parliament, Nicholson says the bill will be passed there without any hindrance, but says he hopes the JLP comes to its senses by the time the bill gets to the Senate.


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