None of those trying to transform the Ukrainian Constitution into a “draft pole” succeeded – Bereziuk

The “Samopomich” Union faction has discussed with the experts the changes to the Constitution in terms of judicial reform and human rights.

As noted by Chairman of the faction Oleh Bereziuk, the experts agreed that the creators of the proposed changes need to continue working on them.

“During the meeting, there were practically no debates since the majority of the experts share the same ideas – that the amendments proposed for our consideration are so weak and flawed that we cannot vote for them now,” he stated.

The MP stresses that the fundamental law of the state cannot be devalued by the raw amendments, and offers to apply to the practice according to which one convocation of the parliament works on amendments and the other one considers them.

“The Constitution is not a draft pole, for sure, and two Maidans have proved that those trying to transform it into a draft pole are doomed to failure,” he stated.

Also, the MP notes that there is a risk that the draft amendments to the Constitution in terms of human rights will detract from the changes in terms of decentralization.

“Even in today’s discussion, when it came to this section, where there are outright nonsenses written, the hall reacted emotionally to them. This is what manipulators expect making such things to distract attention from the other issues,” said the parliamentarian.

With regard to the readiness of the faction to support changes on decentralization, he noted that it was very likely that the “Samopomich” Union faction would not vote for the bill in the first reading.

Bereziuk reminded that when sending the bill to the Constitutional Court the “Samopomich” faction had decided to vote against it.

“Nothing has changed so far. I don’t make decisions for the fraction, but it is obvious that the deputies will have the same position,” he said.

Oleh Berezyuk
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