Tearing up a constitution is no laughing matter. Without a thorough consultative process, there is a huge risk the charter rewrite efforts will heighten colour-coded conflicts needlessly.
The referendum option was suggested by the Constitution Court several months ago but no politicians bothered to discuss any preparations for it. Back then, the talking heads of the ruling political camp were even resistant to the suggestion and were determined to push the charter amendment bill through its third and final reading in parliament.
No sooner did it occur to the government that defying the Constitution Court ruling could spell doom for the party than the politicians in power swung toward supporting the referendum.