The motion states that the constitution can be changed next term, if two-thirds of the MP's approve the changes, and if the nation then approves the changes in a referendum. Over 50% of the voters in the referendum have to approve the changes, and a minimum of 40% of all people eligible to vote have to approve the changes. This was considered a compromise for the Independence Party, but they have been against the new constitution. The government does not have a majority in parliament (because some MP's have left the parties that make up the government) and so it has been difficult for the government to pass the constitutional bill. So the government suggested this motion, so that the work can continue next term.
Social media has been on fire since the motion was passed, when it was clear that the new constitution was not passed. Small protest was also held outside the parliament because of this.
Ms. Birgitta Jonsdottir, an MP, wrote:
"RIP our new constitution - written by the nation for the nation"
Mr. Illugi Jokulsson, a popular blogger and critic, and Einar Steingrimsson (mathematician) wrote:
"A total betrayal: The Left-Green Movement and the Social Democratic Alliance have killed the constitution, for the Independence Party and for the Progressive Party, who look, with a grin on their face, at the total humiliation of the majority. The Independence Party and the Progressive Party have gotten the majority to do exactly what they wanted. They didn't even have to participate in the voting; they just stood by as the government killed, with cold blood, what many believed to be their own child..."
Mr. Dadi Ingolfsson, member of the Democracy Watch (a new party running for parliament in the upcoming elections) talked about what the public has been robbed of:
"You were just robbed of tens of billions [of ISK] every year, which would have come from resource fees on fisheries"
"You were robbed of your right to see information, that was paid for with your money, about how the rest of your money will be spent"
"You were robbed of being able to vote for individuals instead of parties"
"You were robbed of equal voting weight for all"
"You were robbed of your right to demand a referendum"
Parliamentary elections will be held on April 27th.