DPP Legislator Wu Ping-jui (吳秉叡) said the DPP caucus would not participate in inter-party negotiations convened by Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) if the KMT refused to declare the March 17 meeting convened by Chang Ching-chung invalid.
Despite Ma and the KMT having promised a clause-by-clause review and vote on the deal in the plenary session, the pledge was not possible according to the Legislative Yuan’s regulations, DPP Legislator Gao Jyh-peng (高志鵬) said.
If the trade agreement is regarded as an executive order, as the KMT had claimed, it cannot be screened clause-by-clause, according to regulations, Gao said.
He added that the only possible scenario for the agreement to be reviewed line-by-line in a plenary session is that it is regarded as a treaty.
“However, that means the KMT’s claim that the agreement is an executive order cannot stand,” he said.
Additional reporting Rich Chang