The date for the national referendum on the Icesave legislation has been set; it will take place on April 9 as Minister of the Interior Ögmundur Jónasson announced after a cabinet meeting on Friday.
This will be the second time that a national referendum is held on Icesave—the previous Icesave legislation was rejected in a referendum on March 6, 2010.
After President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson vetoed the Icesave legislation and referred it to a referendum on February 20, Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir mentioned that it might be a good idea to have a Constitutional Assembly reelection at the same time—the Supreme Court invalidated the election in January.
However, it is now clear that no other issue than the Icesave legislation will be voted on in the referendum as a parliamentary committee recently proposed that a constitutional council be appointed instead of the assembly.
When he announced the date for the referendum, Jónasson also expressed his view that he disagrees with the proposal regarding a constitutional council, dv.is reports.