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V947 - Northern Ireland Referendum Bill 2016 Watch

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    V947 - Northern Ireland Referendum Bill 2016, TSR UKIP
    Northern Ireland Referendum Bill 2016
    A
    BILL
    TO
    Hold a referendum on a number of contentious issues in Northern Ireland, to decide on the law.

    BE IT ENACTED by The Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Commons in this present Parliament assembled, in accordance with the provisions of the Parliament Acts 1911 and 1949, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

    1) Specific terminology
    a) For this legislation, a referendum refers to the direct vote in which the Northern Irish electorate are asked to vote on the proposed proposals, with the intention of the outcome reflecting the law amendments to be made, to ensure the law complies with the wishes of the majority, as outlined in the referendum.
    b) Any objective decisions which need to be made as a result of the referendum i.e.. Specific elements of the legislation; this will be made by the Northern Ireland Assembly
    i) However, any parts of legislation that the assembly debates and approves, must be complementary to the decision of the referendum.
    ii) The Northern Ireland office, specifically the Northern Ireland Secretary of State will be in charge of ensuring any legislation left to the Northern Ireland assembly to decide is both, complementary to the referendum outcome, and in the best interests of the people of Northern Ireland.

    2) The Referendum
    a) The referendum will be carried out in the same manner as any other referendum within the United Kingdom, and the methods should be based on the last referendum to have occurred in Northern Ireland, The Belfast Agreement referendum.
    b) The referendum shall take place on the second Thursday in October in 2016
    i) This legislation should be passed 6 months prior to the referendum. In such a case that the legislation is not passed 6 months prior to the date in 1(b) Then the date of the referendum shall be amended to that of the 2nd Thursday in the following month, that allows at least 6 months between passing the legislation and the referendum in question.
    c) All citizens of the United Kingdom, registered to vote and over the age of 16 shall be eligible to vote in this referendum
    d) The referendum shall have 2 separate questions, each answered on a separate page to avoid confusion
    e) The first question shall be 'Should Northern Ireland allow same sex marriage, recognising it to be equal to marriage, with all the benefits that come with it' The 2 options on the ballot paper shall be 'Yes' and No'
    f) The second question shall be 'Should Northern Ireland implement the 1967 abortion act, in force in the rest of the United Kingdom, allowing abortion to be legalised up until 28 weeks of pregnancy, carried out by the National Health Service' The 2 options on the ballot paper shall be 'Yes and No'
    i) Both the ballot questions in 2.e and 2.f shall be on different colours of paper, and this will be decided by the electoral commission, ensuring minimal confusion between the 2 separate topics between voters.

    3) Implementation of the outcome
    a) Should the outcome of the referendum of either question be 'no' This results in the status quo being observed, and all legislation shall remain the same, unless amended in the future by further legislation
    b) Should the electorate vote in 2.e deciding to implement the 1967 Abortion Act within Northern Ireland, it will thus become law
    c) Should the electorate vote in 2.f deciding to allow Same Sex Marriage within Northern Ireland, the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013, currently law in England and Wales, shall immediately come into effect in Northern Ireland.

    4) Commencement, Short Title, Extent
    a) This bill will come into effect immediately.
    b) This bill may be cited as the NI Referendum Act 2016.
    c) This bill will apply to Northern Ireland.


    Notes
    NI is largely divided [Probably 60/40-70/30] on these issues, although, many of the public are getting annoyed because
    1. They feel the majority of the public's opinions would differ from that of the NI Assembly
    2. Same Sex marriage was voted to be allowed in Northern Ireland back in 2015 [53 votes to 52] but the 'Democratic' Unionist Party used the petition of concern feature [From the Good Friday Agreement] to essentially block the bill!

    Furthermore this bill has been changed, amending every use of the word referenda, now mentioning referendum
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    An easy aye.
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    Great to see so many people in agreement of this bill!
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    Ayes to the right: 36
    Noes to the left: 2
    Abstain: 6

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    Turnout: 88%
 
 
 
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