Iceland has officially abandoned any pretence at wanting to be part of the European Union.
Iceland’s bid to join the EU has come to an end, Iceland’s centre-right independence party leader Bjarni Benediktsson has said.
The eurosceptic politician made the statement in an interview with Icelandic news outlet mbl.is on Tuesday (21 May).
The 43-year old Benediktsson is in discussion to shape a new government with the centrist progressive party, following elections on 27 April. The progressives also oppose joining the EU.
We understand that a great deal of the argument revolved round the Common Fisheries Policy and what its effect would be on Iceland's fisheries.
Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson, who will take over as prime minister this week, has decided that a January decision to freeze EU membership talks will be extended indefinitely, his political adviser Johannes Thor Skulason said in a phone interview today.
“Later in the term there will be a referendum on whether Iceland should continue the talks, although no date has been decided,” Skulason said.
A referendum on whether to continue the talks not ex-post facto on whether to stay in.