The referendum has been announced for the most distant date possible. The constitutional referendum will be held on Sunday, Dec. 4, the last date available to the Council of Ministers held Monday. The President of the Republic will formally issue a decree to convene the referendum.
The referendum is required because the re-revised Renzi-Boschi constitutional law was approved with less than two-thirds of the votes in the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies. So it’s up to the voters to confirm or kill the reform, to which Renzi has linked his personal fate as prime minister (although lately he has a few steps back). The law on fairness in radio and television information will start monitoring only after the official opening of the electoral campaign on Oct. 20.
Around that date — the deadline set by law is Oct. 15th, but in previous years the government has always gone over — Palazzo Chigi will broadcast the Stability Law from the Chamber of Deputies. Then, we will be able to see what and how many measures Renzi will be able to put in the maneuver in an attempt to climb in the polls.
At the moment, the outlook is bleak, and this made the prime minister overthrow his strategy. First, he announced he wanted the referendum to take place “as soon as possible,” then “Oct. 2” and now he’s chosen the last possible date. The official justification is that the budget package needs to be secured — that is, approved by at least one branch of parliament, the Chamber of Deputies, before an eventual victory of the No overwhelms everything.