AD say citizenship sale must have bipartisan approval
Greens call for compromise on citizenship scheme, call for suspension of IIP
23 January 2014, 12:00am
"We welcome the fact that the Prime Minister has said that he is going to listen to what the EU Commission has to say and to proceed from there. We also welcome the fact that the Commission does not intend to give Malta any formal notice on the issue for the moment," AD chairperson Prof. Arnold Cassola, said.
"This notwithstanding, we are concerned at the dragging on of this issue which certainly does not enhance our country's reputation abroad. There are only two ways to this: either achieve a bipartisan consensus on a viable investment scheme, or otherwise taking the issue to the people to vote on the issue in a referendum on 24 May."
AD deputy chairperson Carmel Cacopardo said the sale of Maltese citizenship was not part of the Labour's electoral proposal, and called for a solution that produces a suitable compromise.
"Majorities in seats and voters cannot be bandied around in such a sensitive debate, especially in the light of the European and international backlash against the scheme. It is in the interest of all that an agreement is reached as quickly as possible. We therefore ask the government to suspend momentarily the scheme and we look forward to a mature debate in parliament on the legal notices attached to the IIP scheme."
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