Italy’s constitutional reform referendum: What you need to know

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With Matteo Renzi declaring that he would resign if the electorate rejected his reforms in the constitutional reform referendum to be held on the 4 December 2016, the referendum was widely seen as a vote of confidence on the government itself.

After Brexit and the US elections, many commentators portrayed the Italian referendum as another battle in the ongoing struggle between populism and ‘the establishment’. Others saw it as a litmus test for Renzi’s government, in which the result would either reinforce his political standing or bring about another period of uncertainty in Italian politics.

In this ECFR Commentary feature, the authors provide an overview of the reasons for holding the vote, the positions of the main political parties and the potential outcomes of the result.

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