Opposition Leader, Mark Golding, says he remains unwilling to proceed with the Constitutional reform without clarity from the government. 

Mr. Golding notes he will not go down a blind alley.

He was speaking at a People’s National Party press conference this morning.

The Opposition Leader is responding to concerns that he will not name his two members to a committee being established to chart the way forward on Jamaica’s path to a republic.

When asked if he’s concerned the government will attempt to undo the two-thirds majority required to extend States of Public Emergency, Mr. Golding says he believes the Holness Administration is frustrated with the Opposition’s staunch defence of Human rights.

Mr. Golding says until the government comes clean with its intentions for the Charter and potential referendums they will not proceed.

Mark Golding, Leader of the Opposition.

Meanwhile, Golding says abolishing the United Kingdom’s Judicial Committee of the Privy Council as the final appellate court is required to complete Jamaica’s full independence.

While unsure of the PNP’s collective view at this time, the Opposition Leader’s personal opinion is one cannot proceed without the other. 

Mr. Golding has repeatedly voiced his objection to the prohibitive cost and the requirement of a Visa for Jamaicans to access justice through the Privy Council.

However, Legal and Constitutional Affairs Minister, Marlene Malahoo Forte informed parliament earlier this week that discussions are being had to ease these stipulations.

But, the Opposition Leader says that is not an acceptable substitute for adopting the Caribbean Court of Justice.

Mark Golding, Leader of the Opposition.

He was speaking at a Press Conference this morning.