Bermuda has halted plans for a referendum next year to legalize casinos.
Parliament was expected to approve casinos if the referendum passed, but the threat of a boycott by opponents has apparently derailed the referendum. However, casino opponents denied the boycott threat and said they support a referendum.
Bermuda Premier Craig Cannonier announced that casino gaming will be addressed instead through an upcoming bill. A public information campaign to sway public support would follow.
The proposed wording of the ballot question, however, sparked controversy, as some said the wording practically ensured a “yes” vote from voters.