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Government will put key constitutional and social issues to a referendum – Holness

Published:Friday | March 4, 2016 | 3:17 PMJerome Reynolds, Staff Reporter
Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the government will put key constitutional and social issues to a referendum.

Holness made the commitment in his inauguration speech yesterday.

However, he did not name the issues which will be put to a vote by Jamaicans.

The JLP has strongly opposed Jamaica’s departure from the United Kingdom-based Privy Council to the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as the country’s final court.

The party has insisted that Jamaicans should have a say in the country’s final appellate court and maintained that the matter should be put to a referendum.

The three bills to allow Jamaica to move to the CCJ were passed by the House of Representatives last year.

However, the debate on the bills were put on hold in the Senate.

The JLP has said that it supports term limits and a fixed election date.

Holness has said that a JLP government would put the matter of Jamaica amending its buggery law to a referendum.