This year’s budget debate went from the traditional 36-hour debate to one afternoon. That is because the Barrow administration agreed not to argue the budget and to allow the opposition to voice their concerns on the figures for the upcoming fiscal year 2020/2021. Leader of the Opposition, John Briceno spoke for over an hour, explaining that they must express their disagreement with the budget.
Once Briceno concluded his presentation where he spoke on behalf of his entire party, Prime Minister Dean Barrow rose to wrap up the debate that never really was.
Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister of Belize: As I understand it I can close the debate, we had indicated on this side Madam Speaker that there will be no response and I had been told by the Leader’s Chief of Staff that only the leader would speak so if that is the case then we would seek to close off. I thank the leader for this presentation and we stick to our commitment not to respond at all. Doesn’t mean we agree with you but we’re not going to quarrel today.”
Tune into tomorrow’s newscast for the highlights of the PUP’s opposition to the budget.