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Court decision to delay port referendum will allow CPR Cayman Legal challenge

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Helen Mountfield QC, Chris Buttler

Mr Justice Owen, a Judge of the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands, this week ordered the suspension of the national referendum on whether to build a new port for cruise ships in George Town Harbour which had been due to take place on 19 December.

Chris Buttler and Helen Mountfield QC were instructed by Broadhurst LLC to represent Shirley Roulstone, a leading member of Cruise Port Referendum  Cayman, the organisation which had collected the 25% of votes needed to trigger a referendum in the Cayman Islands. Ms Roulstone argued that the Caymanian Government, which wants the port development to go ahead, had fixed the date for the vote, the wording of the referendum  and funding arrangements so as to give itself an unfair advantage. Ms Roulstone commented “I think everyone is now on notice that this is going to be a fair referendum when it does happen.”

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