A motion moved by the Opposition for the holding of a consultative referendum on the introduction of divorce and a referendum question, was approved on Wednesday by Parliament. The referendum will be held on Saturday, May 28.

Nationalist MPs Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando and Jesmond Mugliett voted in favour of the motion along with all Labour MPs.

MPs were granted a free vote at the end of a debate held over 10 sittings. The Prime Minister spoke against the motion Tuesday night, objecting to the referendum question, while Opposition leader Joseph Muscat spoke in favour during the debate on Wednesday.

The text of the question is: “Do you agree with having the option of having divorce for married couples who have been separated for four years when there is no reasonable hope for reconciliation and when adequate maintenance is guaranteed and the children are cared for”

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