A legal expert has put forward an ambitious eight-point blueprint for "constructive dialogue and negotiations" in an attempt to end the political schism after Occupy Central. As pessimism reigns over the prospect of reform avoiding a Legislative Council veto, Professor Simon Young Ngai-man said there were still ways of making the electoral framework set out by Beijing as open as possible. "There is no reason to believe at present that by standing still … we will be able to achieve a more liberal nomination process," Young, associate dean of law at the University of Hong Kong, wrote in an article for the H ong Kong Law Journal . The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress ruled in August that the public could pick from two or three candidates in 2017, chosen by a nominating committee similar to the Election Committee that chose previous leaders. Pan-democrats say the arrangements are closer to those of North Korea than genuine democracy. But Young sees room for manoeuvre. For example the rules could give the public an effective veto by insisting on a minimum voter turnout of 40 per cent and a minimum 50 per cent share of the vote for the winner. He urged the Standing Committee to win back trust by stating that the timing of national security legislation under Article 23 - which prompted mass protests in 2003 - would be a matter for the city alone. Young's proposal came with a warning - democracy may be delayed until as far off as 2028 if Legco rejects the proposal this time. He said Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying would be re-elected if reform fell through and the poll was decided by committee. Beyond the eight-point plan, the academic also said public mistrust in Leung was an obstacle to a deal. He suggested Leung pledge not to seek a second term. Labour Party lawmaker Lee Cheuk-yan described Young's proposals as "wishful thinking". "I'd rather veto the constitutional reform bill sooner so that we can fight for another round of reform proposals," Lee said. Pro-democracy protesters continued to make themselves seen yesterday, as two huge yellow banners with the message "CY step down" and "I want real universal suffrage" were hung from the Lion Rock and Devil's Peak. Police said the banners were reported at about 7am yesterday. They were removed by firefighters at around noon. Who put them up remained a mystery. Meanwhile, a second round of consultation on reform was "very likely" to be announced next month, constitutional affairs chief Raymond Tam Chi-yuen said.