Audio: Premier On UK, Assent, Cannabis Bill

“If Her Majesty’s representative in Bermuda does not give assent to something that has been passed lawfully and legally under this local government, this will destroy the relationship that we had with the United Kingdom,” Premier David Burt said, adding that he expects “the UK government will listen to the democratic voice of the people of this country.”

The Premier was speaking at the end of the debate in the House on the Cannabis Licensing Act, which lasted more than 8 hours, with the bill now set to head to the Senate after passing in the House.

Premier Burt said, “The Attorney General in her brief stated, and I quote, ‘To be clear, the Governor has indicated that she will be unable to assent to any legislation that contravenes our international obligations.’

“This legislation will pass this House this evening. This legislation will go to the other place, and if this legislation passes the other place, it will go to Her Majesty’s representative in Bermuda.

“If Her Majesty’s representative in Bermuda does not give assent to something that has been passed lawfully and legally under this local government, this will destroy the relationship that we had with the United Kingdom.

“And I say that because it cannot be, it cannot be that locally elected governments lay out their election manifestos, go to the polls, have broad public support, polling support, majority of the populace supporting the direction of the country, and it be for someone who…

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“If Her Majesty’s representative in Bermuda does not give assent to something that has been passed lawfully and legally under this local government, this will destroy the relationship that we had with the United Kingdom,” Premier David Burt said, adding that he expects “the UK government will listen to the democratic voice of the people of this country.”

The Premier was speaking at the end of the debate in the House on the Cannabis Licensing Act, which lasted more than 8 hours, with the bill now set to head to the Senate after passing in the House.

Premier Burt said, “The Attorney General in her brief stated, and I quote, ‘To be clear, the Governor has indicated that she will be unable to assent to any legislation that contravenes our international obligations.’

“This legislation will pass this House this evening. This legislation will go to the other place, and if this legislation passes the other place, it will go to Her Majesty’s representative in Bermuda.

“If Her Majesty’s representative in Bermuda does not give assent to something that has been passed lawfully and legally under this local government, this will destroy the relationship that we had with the United Kingdom.

“And I say that because it cannot be, it cannot be that locally elected governments lay out their election manifestos, go to the polls, have broad public support, polling support, majority of the populace supporting the direction of the country, and it be for someone who…

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