‘Use referendum in T&T’

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Former Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has recommended that Trinidad and Tobago considers the use of referenda on controversial national issues.

Persad-Bissessar made the suggestion following a referendum in Britain about that country’s continued membership in the European Union.

By a four per cent majority, Britain decided to withdraw its 43-year membership from the EU.

Persad-Bissessar recommended that referenda could be used on matters such as use of the Caribbean Court of Justice, abortion and LGBT rights.

Some matters are “better dealt with” through that means, she advocated.

She made the observation while speaking in the House of Representatives on Friday.

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