BERMUDA — The country’s leaders and politicians have made it clear that they will seek to hold a referendum on Brazilian independence in 2018.
But the timing of the referendum has not been announced.
And the date is unclear.
The Brazilian Supreme Court has ruled that the vote is unconstitutional because it has been held in secrecy.
It said it would be unconstitutional if the country’s electoral commission is not allowed to conduct a referendum.
The court also ruled that any referendum would be “unconstitutional” if the voters do not receive enough information.
The country’s constitutional court also ordered the state government to pay $2.3 billion in fines for illegally blocking the referendum.
The Supreme Court is now considering the legal arguments.
It has already issued four decisions that prohibit the constitutional referendum from being held.
In one, it said the referendum could be held only if the government of President Dilma Rousseff “immediately withdraws” from the deal to end a decades-long military dictatorship and end the military dictatorship imposed by her predecessor, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
The government of Brazil’s Workers Party has said it is willing to hold the referendum, but not if the date of the vote was postponed or if the vote could be conducted under conditions that did not allow for transparency.
The ruling party has said that it will try to hold another referendum in 2019, but only if it can get the approval of a referendum committee that is made up of representatives of various parties.
It is also looking to hold an independent referendum next year, but it has not yet said when that will be.
This month, the Supreme Court also ruled in favor of a petition for a referendum, which had been filed by Brazil’s National Confederation of Industries and Commerce and by the Brazilian Confederation of Workers and Farmers.
The federation of the Confederation of Brazilian Industries and the National Confederation and the Workers Party, together known as CUP, filed the petition for the referendum on Aug. 1, and the Supreme Judicial Court on Oct. 31.
The petition was originally filed by the Confederation and Workers Party as a challenge to the constitutionality of the current government.
The CUP petition argued that the country cannot change its constitution without first going through a referendum process, because the existing law only applies to “a specified period of time.”
The Constitutional Court upheld the CUP case and ruled in the Confederations Party’s favor.
The CUP lawsuit, however, has been appealed by the Confederacion.
The case was filed in the Supreme Administrative Court of the country, which is not subject to the constitutional provisions of the Brazilian constitution.
The Confederations said in a statement that the court’s decision was “a defeat for the constitutional order of the nation.”
It also said it will appeal the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, the nation’s highest court, to take up the case.