In Luxembourg, parliament declines to host referendum on constitutional reform but citizens’ initiative is ongoing

By Cordula Schnuer, 26 November 2021
Flag of Luxembourg (photo credit: pixabay)
Flag of Luxembourg (photo credit: pixabay)
A group of petitioners who had demanded a referendum about the reform of the Luxembourg constitution [...] failed to convince lawmakers to introduce a public ballot. [...] A petition demanding a referendum reached more than 18,500 signatures meaning that it had to be debated in parliament with lawmakers and the government. This debate took place on [25 November], but parties decided to stick to their decision not to host a referendum. [...] However, a citizens’ initiative pushing for a referendum is still ongoing. Under Luxembourg law, voters can request a referendum on changes to the constitution up to two weeks after the first vote in parliament has taken place. Members of parliament on 20 October passed the justice chapter in a first vote. At least 25,000 voters must now sign their name at their commune between 19 November and 20 December to demand a public ballot. This would trigger a referendum on the justice chapter. The same process would have to take place for the other three chapters for voters to get their say on all aspects of the reform.
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