From Iceland — Icesave Referendum Could Be Delayed

Icesave Referendum Could Be Delayed

Published January 26, 2010

A national referendum on the current Icesave law could be delayed, as a report by the committee investigating the bank collapse is due to be published near or on the same day that the referendum is scheduled.
Social Democrats and Leftist-Greens believe that the timing of the report’s publication would be unfairly influential on the national referendum, which is scheduled to take place on 6 March.
Opposition party members, however, believe the report is long overdue and should be published now. One idea proposed is that even if the report isn’t completely worked out a “rough draft” could be released, and then corrections or additional information added later. The idea does, however, present the problem that murky or even inaccurate information might be more harmful than no information at all.
On the other hand, sources close to Vísir confirmed that delaying the report after 6 March was out of the question. The report was due to be released last fall.
A delay on the national referendum is by no means official or even confirmed, so the referendum is due to proceed as scheduled, for now, unless a deal between Icelandic, British and Dutch authorities is reached on re-negotiations.

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