Saturday, April 10, 2010

No One In Iceland Is Fighting For EU Membership

Copied & Pasted from EU News From Iceland Blog.

Former Foreign Minister of Iceland, Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir, said to the German journalist Clemens Bomdorf yesterday (April 8) that no one was really fighting for membership of the European Union in Iceland any longer. Membership would probably be rejected in a referendum and it was therefore even better to postpone the EU application rather than to continue the process in total uncertainty.


Gísladóttir is one of the most outspoken supporters of EU membership in Iceland and former chairman of the Social Democratic Alliance, the only political party in Iceland that favours membership. With these comments she joins a growing number of EU supporters in Iceland that have openly aired their worries about the EU application and predicted that it will be rejected by the Icelandic people.

Sources:

Betra að fresta ESB-viðræðum en halda þeim áfram í óvissu (Mbl.is April 9, 2010)

Stolz und Vorurteil (Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir 3) (Highnorth.wordpress.com April 8, 2010)
Typical of EU devotees that they would no push no referendum, rather than losing one when the chance remains that Iceland may change its collective mind in the future.  Perhaps the anti-EU forces should push for it still to help close down the debate for some time?

1 comment:

All Seeing Eye said...

When, after the banking issue, HMG stated quite openly that the Icelandic taxpayers' legitimate non-payment of attempted extortion would be met by obstacles being put in front of Icelands annexation by the EU and that it probably wouldn't be allowed to go ahead, I must confess that my first reaction was: "Lucky b*****ds, why couldn't we have been so fortunate?"